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Drawing, watercolour, 'John Syme', detail

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Miniature of John Syme, detail of portrait

Introduction:
John Syme was a friend and admirer of Robert Burns. He was a local lawyer and held the position of District Collector of Stamps. His office was in Bank Street below Robert Burns' first home in Dumfries.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.26.A
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
(Watercolour?) on ivory (image); wood (frame); plaster (moulding)
Dimensions:
Image: length: 74 mm, width: 56 mm; Frame: length: 243 mm, width: 232 mm
What:
Drawing, watercolour, 'John Syme', detail
Subject:
This portrait is of John Syme in later life and the artist and date are unknown. It is one of a set of three, his son, Richard, and grandson, Adam, being the subjects of the others.
Who:
John Syme (1755 - 1831) (lawyer who became District Collector of Stamps; had office below Robert Burns flat in Bank Street, Dumfries) (friend and neighbour to Robert Burns)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (friend and neighbour to John Syme)
? WA (artist)
When:
Early 19th century
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This portrait is of John Syme in later life and the artist and date are unknown. It is one of a set of three, his son, Richard, and grandson, Adam, being the subjects of the others.
Description:
In July 1793 Burns and Syme embarked together on a tour of Galloway, staying at Kenmuir Castle, which inspired Burns to write 'Scots Wha Hae'. Following the death of the poet in 1796, Syme was unstinting in his support of Burns' widow and family.