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Framed engraving of 'Robert Burns' turning up in her nest with a plough'

Introduction:
Robert Burns(1759-96) the Ayrshire Ploughman Poet was born in Alloway, Ayrshire, the son of a market gardener who feued 7 acres. Despite a short life Burns composed a wealth of songs and poems. He died in Dumfries of heart disease aged only 37 years.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT541
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
53cm x 38cm
What:
Framed engraving of'Robert Burns turning up a mouse in her nest'
Subject:
The engraving (proof) is by John Le Cont after Gourlay Steell and is a typical mid 18th. Century impression of a scene from one of Burns's works.
Who:
John Le Cont (artist)
Robert Burns (poet)
Gourlay Steell (artist)
When:
Mid 1850's
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The engraving (proof) is by John Le Cont after Gourlay Steell and is a typical mid 18th. Century impression of a scene from one of Burns's works.
Description:
This engraving depicts Burns toiling as a ploughman in the field where he disturbed the nest of a small field mouse. The Poet felt so deeply about destroying the little animal's home that he composed 'To a Mouse', showing his compassion and feeling for the small mouse.