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'Burns's Cottage, Interior', 1846

Introduction:
Robert Burns was born at Alloway near Ayr on the 25th January 1759, the eldest of seven children of Agnes and William Burnes. His father was a market gardener, who having acquired a small holding of land, had built this cottage with its whitewashed clay walls and thatched roof with his own hands.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
161
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 93 mm, width: 138 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Burns's Cottage, Interior'
Subject:
This view of the interior of Burns Cottage, Alloway was published in 'The Land of Burns - A series of Landscapes and Portraits, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of the Scottish Poet'. This was published in 1846 by Blackie and Son of Glasgow. At this time the development of steel plate engraving made it possible for images to be reproduced in much greater numbers than previous printing technology had allowed. Books such as this one, illustrated by engravings of works by eminent artists became popular, although they were still expensive and beyond the pocket of most people.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his birthplace)
Agnes Broun (1732-1820) (mother of the poet, Robert Burns) (she lived here)
William Burnes (1721-1784) (father of the poet, Robert Burns) (built by)
Professor Wilson (author)
Robert Chambers (1802-1871) (author)
Blackie and Son (Queen Street, Glasgow) (publisher)
W and D Duncan (Glasgow) (printer)
P Lightfoot (engraver)
David Octavius Hill RA (1802-1870) (artist)
When:
1846
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This view of the interior of Burns Cottage, Alloway was published in 'The Land of Burns - A series of Landscapes and Portraits, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of the Scottish Poet'. This was published in 1846 by Blackie and Son of Glasgow. At this time the development of steel plate engraving made it possible for images to be reproduced in much greater numbers than previous printing technology had allowed. Books such as this one, illustrated by engravings of works by eminent artists became popular, although they were still expensive and beyond the pocket of most people.
Description:
The poet's father sold the cottage in 1781. At the time that D O Hill RSA painted this interior it was used as a public house. Over the years it became a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world and in May 1881 it was purchased for ¶œ4,000 by the Trustees of the Burns Monument and opened to the public.