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Photograph of Burns Mausoleum Statuary Group, c 1936

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Statuary Group in Burns' Mausoleum, Dumfries, 1936

Introduction:
The original statuary group in the mausoleum was designed and worked by Peter Turnerelli. It depicted Burns' own conception of 'Coila', representing the Ayrshire district of Kyle where he was born, throwing her inspiring mantle over the poet as he works at the plough.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
19
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 191 mm, width: 156 mm
What:
Photograph of Burns Mausoleum Statuary Group, c 1936
Subject:
This photograph of the replacement statuary group has been taken shortly after its installation in the newly renovated mausoleum. It is by Simon Reid, an accomplished local photographer, who had a studio in Dumfries.
Who:
Simon Reid (22 Castle Street, Dumfries) (photographer)
Hermon Cawthra (sculptor)
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (representation)
When:
c 1936
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
This photograph of the replacement statuary group has been taken shortly after its installation in the newly renovated mausoleum. It is by Simon Reid, an accomplished local photographer, who had a studio in Dumfries.
Description:
By the early 1900s it has begun to show signs of deterioration and there was a movement to replace the statuary and to renovate the mausoleum. The sculptor, Hermon Cawthra was selected and the new statuary group was unveiled on the 19th September 1936.