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Etching of Tam O' Shanter

Introduction:
An etching inspired by the Robert Burns poem 'Tam o' Shanter' (1791), by the artist Robert Bryden (1865 - 1939). The etching has be restored and framed and is now part of the collection of the North Ayrshire Museum.
Image Rights Holder:
North Ayrshire Council Museums Service
Ref:
SATAM:2002:0042
Project:
675:Treasures: North Ayrshire Council
Material:
Paper, glass, wood
Dimensions:
56 x 52 x 2cm
Subject:
Robert Bryden was one of Ayrshire's most celebrated artists. He was born in Coylton and worked mainly in Ayr. Bryden specialised in bronze and wood carving. His bronze portraits of William Wallace and Robert Bruce may be seen at Ayr Town Hall.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
Robert Bruce (portrait in Ayr)
William Wallace (portrait in Ayr)
Robert Bryden (artist)
When:
1791 (date of poem's composition)
1865 to 1939 (life span of artist)
Where:
North Ayrshire Heritage Centre
Background:
Robert Bryden was one of Ayrshire's most celebrated artists. He was born in Coylton and worked mainly in Ayr. Bryden specialised in bronze and wood carving. His bronze portraits of William Wallace and Robert Bruce may be seen at Ayr Town Hall.
Description:
The etching shows Tam watching from a window witches and wizards dancing to the tune of pipes played by the Devil. Corpses in their coffins hold candles in their dead hands, a murderer hangs in one corner, a dead baby and a skeleton are on the alter and a bat and owl fly about. The scene takes place in Alloway's Old Kirk.