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Chromolithograph of 'Burns in Edinburgh, 1787'

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'Burns in Edinburgh, 1787'

Introduction:
Following the success of the Kilmarnock edition of his poems, Robert Burns revised his plans to emigrate to Jamaica and turned his path towards Edinburgh. He was encouraged by James Cunningham, the 13th Earl of Glencairn, who had read his poems and greatly enjoyed them.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
122
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper; wood (frame)
Dimensions:
Image - length: 410 mm, width: 625 mm
What:
Chromolithograph of 'Burns in Edinburgh, 1787'
Subject:
Burns spent some time in Edinburgh during 1787 where he was acclaimed as a poet. The 3,000 copies of his first Edinburgh edition, dedicated to the gentlemen of the Caledonian Hunt, sold rapidly and he was popular in Edinburgh Society.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (representation)
Jane Gordon, Duchess of Gordon (1746-1812) (admirer of Burns)
Henry Erskine (1746-1817) (admirer of Burns)
James Cunningham, Earl of Glencairn (1749-1791) Note: authorities differ as to his nomination as 13th or 14th Earl (friend of Burns)
Charles Martin Hardie (artist (after))
When:
January 1787
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Burns spent some time in Edinburgh during 1787 where he was acclaimed as a poet. The 3,000 copies of his first Edinburgh edition, dedicated to the gentlemen of the Caledonian Hunt, sold rapidly and he was popular in Edinburgh Society.
Description:
When Burns arrived in Edinburgh in 1786 the Earl received him warmly and introduced him to his circle of friends. This opened many doors to the poet and Burns described the Earl as his 'titular Protector'. Through him he met Henry Erskine, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, who in turn introduced him to Jane, Duchess of Gordon who invited him to several of her drawing room parties.