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'Cross at Edinburgh', a copper plate engraving, 1791

Introduction:
Burns spent some time in Edinburgh in 1787 where he was acclaimed as a poet following the success of the first edition of his work, published in Kilmarnock. The 3,000 copies of his first Edinburgh edition sold rapidly and he was popular in Edinburgh Society.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
135
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 125 mm, width: 168 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Cross at Edinburgh'
Subject:
This copper plate engraving was printed by S Hooper of London and published in Captain Francis Grose's two volume, 'Antiquities of Scotland'. Robert Burns and Francis Grose met and became friends whilst Grose was researching his book. Burns wrote the poem, 'Tam O'Shanter' as a 'witch story' to accompany the engraving of Alloway Kirk which was published in it.
Who:
S Hooper (212 High Holborn, London) (publisher)
John Richmond (1765-1846) (friend of Burns)
J N (engraver)
Captain Francis Grose (1731?-1791) (author)
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he visited here)
When:
15 April 1789 (book published)
1750 (original drawing)
7 January 1791 (print published)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This copper plate engraving was printed by S Hooper of London and published in Captain Francis Grose's two volume, 'Antiquities of Scotland'. Robert Burns and Francis Grose met and became friends whilst Grose was researching his book. Burns wrote the poem, 'Tam O'Shanter' as a 'witch story' to accompany the engraving of Alloway Kirk which was published in it.
Description:
When Burns first arrived in Edinburgh he took lodgings with his friend, John Richmond, in a tenement in Baxter's Close, off the Lawnmarket. The size and bustle of Edinburgh delighted Burns who had never left his native Ayrshire until then.