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Coloured print entitled 'Mausoleum of Burns, Dumfries', c 1860

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Mausoleum of Burns, Dumfries, c 1860

Introduction:
In the years following his death, Robert Burns' admirers came to believe that his simple grave was an insufficient memorial to the poet. In 1813, John Syme formed a committee and launched an appeal to build a mausoleum in his memory. One of the subscribers was the Prince Regent, later George IV. After a public advertisement, over 50 designs were received and the plans of T F Hunt, a London architect were approved.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
220
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 120 mm, width: 174 mm
What:
Coloured print entitled 'Mausoleum of Burns, Dumfries', c 1860
Subject:
This view of Burns Mausoleum has been hand coloured, most probably sometime in the 20th century after having been removed from a topographical book published in the mid 1880s. At this time the development of steel plate engraving made it possible for images to be reproduced in much greater numbers than previous printing technology had allowed. Engravings of works by eminent artists became popular, although they were still expensive and beyond the pocket of most people.
Who:
John Syme (1755-1831) (set up Mausoleum fund)
Thomas Frederick Hunt (1791-1831) (architect of Mausoleum)
H Griffiths (engraver)
William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854) (artist (after))
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his burial place)
King George IV (1762-1830) (subscriber to Mausoleum fund)
When:
c 1860
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This view of Burns Mausoleum has been hand coloured, most probably sometime in the 20th century after having been removed from a topographical book published in the mid 1880s. At this time the development of steel plate engraving made it possible for images to be reproduced in much greater numbers than previous printing technology had allowed. Engravings of works by eminent artists became popular, although they were still expensive and beyond the pocket of most people.
Description:
Burns Mausoleum became a place of pilgrimage for visitors to Dumfries. This view of the mausoleum is engraved from a painting by William Henry Bartlett and shows the mausoleum in its corner of the old churchyard.