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Framed engraving of 'The Holy Fair'

Introduction:
Robert Burns, Scotland's' National Poet, was born in a small thatched cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire in January 1795.the son of a market gardener. During a short lifetime toiling mainly as a farmer he composed a wealth of songs and poems. He died in Dumfries in July 1796 of heart disease.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT569
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
19cm x 16cm
Subject:
The engraving by J. Rodgers is a typical example of an 18th. Century scene from one of Burns' poems. This scene shows that the Fair by Burns' time had deteriorated into a curious mixture of solemnity and carnival.
Who:
J. Rodgers (artist)
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
Early 1800's
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The engraving by J. Rodgers is a typical example of an 18th. Century scene from one of Burns' poems. This scene shows that the Fair by Burns' time had deteriorated into a curious mixture of solemnity and carnival.
Description:
'The Holy Fair' was written by Burns in 1785 describing the annual sacrament held by surrounding parishes in Mauchline. This consisted of preaching and prayer meetings lasting several days prior to communion. The engraving shows a young couple in romantic playful mood strolling behind two old ladies in black.