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Framed Engraving of Robert Burns in his farmhouse composing

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Robert Burns composing 'The Cotter's Saturday Night'

Introduction:
Robert Burns, Scotland's National Poet, was born in a small thatched cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire on 25th. January 1759. He was the son of a market gardener who as a farmer was to compose a wealth of songs and poems in his relatively short life. He died in Dumfries of heart disease in 1796.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT531
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
43cm x 34cm
What:
Framed Engraving of Robert Burns in his farmhouse composing
Subject:
The engraving shown is by John Burnet after Sir William Allan, RSA, 1838. Several of this type of engraving showing the Poet composing at a desk in his farmhouse were produced in the 18th Century and this is a typical example.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
Robert Burns (poet)
Sir William Allan, RSA (artist)
John Burnet (artist)
When:
1838
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The engraving shown is by John Burnet after Sir William Allan, RSA, 1838. Several of this type of engraving showing the Poet composing at a desk in his farmhouse were produced in the 18th Century and this is a typical example.
Description:
This poem Burns is seen composing in the farmhouse at Mossgiel Farm, Mauchline, Ayrshire during the Winter of 1785-86. For the ' Cotter's Saturday Night' Burns used the Spensarian stanza popular in 18th. Century. for sentimental poetry extolling the merits of rustic simplicity.