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Aquatint of 'Burns Tomb, Dumfries, 1818'

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'Burns Tomb, Dumfries, 1818'

Introduction:
In the years following his death, Robert Burns' admirers came to believe that his simple grave was an insufficient memorial to the poet. In 1813, John Syme formed a committee and launched an appeal to build a mausoleum in his memory.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
123
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 217 mm, width: 236 mm
What:
Aquatint of 'Burns Tomb, Dumfries, 1818'
Subject:
The statuary group within the mausoleum was designed and worked by Peter Turnerelli. It depicts Burns' own conception of 'Coila', representing the Ayrshire district of Kyle where he was born, throwing her inspiring mantle over the poet as he works at the plough.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his burial place)
John Syme (1755-1831) (set up Mausoleum fund)
King George IV (1762-1830) (subscriber to Mausoleum fund)
Peter Turnerelli (1774-1839) (sculptor)
Bennett (artist)
Davis (engraver)
M A Nicholson (12 Louden Street) (publisher)
When:
2 January 1818
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The statuary group within the mausoleum was designed and worked by Peter Turnerelli. It depicts Burns' own conception of 'Coila', representing the Ayrshire district of Kyle where he was born, throwing her inspiring mantle over the poet as he works at the plough.
Description:
One of the subscribers was the Prince Regent, later George IV. After a public advertisement, over 50 designs were received and the plans of T F Hunt, a London architect were approved.