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Lantern Slide with colour illustration of the poem 'Tam O'Shanter'

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Magic Lantern Slide with Engraving Illustrating 'Tam O'Shanter'

Introduction:
Burns wrote the poem, 'Tam O'Shanter' as a 'witch story' to accompany the illustration of Alloway Kirk which was to be published by his friend, Captain Francis Grose in his 'Antiquities of Scotland'. It is both comic and epic, telling the story of Tam's encounter with a coven of witches on his ride home from a night's drinking at the inn.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
52
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Length: 82 mm, width: 82 mm
What:
Lantern Slide with colour illustration of the poem 'Tam O'Shanter'
Subject:
It comes from a presentation, 'A Night with Burns', and the lurid imagery, contrast of darkness and light in the slide and use of hand colouring all combine to produce a slide which when projected for a hushed audience in a darkened village hall must have made a considerable impact on its viewers.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (poem by)
Captain Francis Grose (1731?-1791) (poem published by)
When:
1880 - 1920 (production)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
It comes from a presentation, 'A Night with Burns', and the lurid imagery, contrast of darkness and light in the slide and use of hand colouring all combine to produce a slide which when projected for a hushed audience in a darkened village hall must have made a considerable impact on its viewers.
Description:
This magic lantern slide forms part of a series illustrating the poem in some detail with the comedy of the drunken Tam leaving the inn depicted here contrasting with the gruesome images of the antics of the coven and Tam's last breath escape from its clutches.