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Etching of The Holy Fair

Introduction:
An etching inspired by the Robert Burns poem 'The Holy Fair' (1786), 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:2002:0041
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:
1865 to 1939 (life span of artist)
1786 (date of poem's composition)
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 scene shows a minister of the church preaching outdoors in Mauchline kirkyard. The church beadle in his tall hat stands watching the crowd. Thatched houses are seen in the background.