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'Burns and Highland Mary' by Thomas Faed

Introduction:
Thomas Faed's 'Burns and Highland Mary' is a masterpiece of Victorian romantic painting and shows an imaginary meeting between Burns and Mary Campbell. Robert Burns first met Mary Campbell in 1785 near Mauchline, Ayrshire. Although the details of their relationship are uncertain, they made some kind of romantic commitment to each other before Mary left Ayrshire for Campbeltown in the spring of 1786. They never met again. Burns had intended meeting Mary in the autumn of 1786 but she died tragically in Greenock in October of that year.
Image Rights Holder:
National Burns Collection
Ref:
burns2
Project:
964:0
What:
Painting
Who:
Thomas Faed (1826 - 1900) (artist)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (poet)
Highland Mary (subject)
Highland Mary (subject)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (poet)
Thomas Faed (1826 - 1900) (artist)
When:
Where:
The Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Description:
Like many artists of his time, Faed's painting often dealt with Scottish subjects and Burns' relationship with 'Highland' Mary Campbell provided perfect romantic inspiration.