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Burns Statue, Central Park, New York, c 1900

Introduction:
This bronze statue of Robert Burns by Sir John Robert Steell, the eminent Victorian sculptor, was unveiled in Central Park, New York in 1880. It was intended to be a companion statue to one of Sir Walter Scott by the same sculptor, erected some eight years previously. It was the first statue of Robert Burns to be erected outside Scotland.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
34
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 305 mm, width: 232 mm
What:
Photograph of Burns Statue, New York, c 1900
Subject:
The Dundee statue was unveiled only two weeks after the one in New York in 1880 and the third cast was erected in the Thames Embankment Gardens in London in 1884. The Dunedin statue was unveiled in 1887. The city of Dunedin was founded by Rev Dr Thomas Burns, son a Gilbert Burns and a nephew of the poet.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (representation)
Thomas Burns (1796-1871)(Dunedin, New Zealand)(son of Gilbert Burns) (nephew of Burns)
Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840) (artist (after))
Sir John Robert Steell (1804-1891) (sculptor)
Jean Armour Burns Brown (1864-1937) (great grand daughter of Robert Burns) (previous owner)
When:
c 1900
1880 (statue unveiled)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The Dundee statue was unveiled only two weeks after the one in New York in 1880 and the third cast was erected in the Thames Embankment Gardens in London in 1884. The Dunedin statue was unveiled in 1887. The city of Dunedin was founded by Rev Dr Thomas Burns, son a Gilbert Burns and a nephew of the poet.
Description:
For his sculpture Steell closely followed the portrait of Robert Burns painted by Alexander Nasmyth in 1787. It therefore conformed closely to the popularly held image of the poet's likeness and was greatly admired, with casts being commissioned for statues in Dundee, London and Dunedin, New Zealand.