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Postcard with Cartoon Illustration 'Tam O'Shanter', 1905

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Postcard of a cartoon illustrating 'Tam O'Shanter' c 1905

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:
249
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Length: 89 mm, width: 142 mm
What:
Postcard with Cartoon Illustration 'Tam O'Shanter', 1905
Subject:
The drawing and colouring of the postcard are garish and cartoon like in style. The hero is wearing a comically outsized Tam O'Shanter, the name given to a Kilmarnock bonnet through its association with his character. This postcard was published as part of a series, illustrating the poem.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (illustrates his poem)
Captain Francis Grose (1731?-1791) (commissioned poem)
Douglas Graham of Shanter (1739-1811)(prototype for Tam O'Shanter) (representation)
When:
09-Jul-05 (postmark)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The drawing and colouring of the postcard are garish and cartoon like in style. The hero is wearing a comically outsized Tam O'Shanter, the name given to a Kilmarnock bonnet through its association with his character. This postcard was published as part of a series, illustrating the poem.
Description:
In the scene illustrated, Tam has left the comfort of the inn and has happened upon the coven of witches dancing in the ruins of the old church at Alloway. One is wearing only a 'cutty sark', or short under garment and Tam, overcome, cries out the famous line, 'Weel Done Cutty Sark!', so beginning a chase from which he only just escapes and in which his horse, Maggie loses her tail.