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Tableau Vivant of Robert Burns' poem "The Cottar's Saturday Night"

Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Project:
:Future Museum
Material:
paper
Dimensions:
width: 180 mm, length: 90 mm
What:
Robert Burns
Subject:
photograph, sepia toned
Who:
When:
20th Century
Where:
Background:
Burns, Robert “The Complete Poetical Work of Robert Burns 1759 – 1796”, Ed. Dr James A Mackay. Ayr: Alloway Publishing Limited, 1993; Burns, Robert “The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns”, 3 vols., Ed. James Kinsley. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968; Lindsay, Maurice “The Burns Encyclopaedia”, 3rd edition. London and New York: Robert Hale and St Martin’s Press, 1980; Mackay, James “Burnsiana”. Ayr: Alloway Publishing Limited, 1988; Skinner, Basil “Burns: Authentic Likenesses”, 2nd edition. Ayr: Alloway Publishing, 1990; Westwood, Peter J “Genealogical Charts of the Family of Robert Burns and Descending Families”. Kilmarnock: The Burns Federation, 1997
Description:

A monochrome sepia toned photographic print of the enactment of a scene from the poem featuring Jean Armour Burns Brown as the wife.

 

Jean Armour Burns Brown was the great granddaughter of Robert Burns, descended through Robert Burns junior, the poet's eldest son. From the time she was a young woman she was said to bear an uncanny resemblance to her famous forebear. Because of this she became something of a celebrity in her own right, touring in Scotland and North America.

 

Here she enacts the role of the cottar's wife in a scene from the poem. This formed the final scene of a dramatic presentation entitled "The Scotland of Robert Burns", five settings for his songs and poems by G W Shirley.

 

This was put on in the Lyceum Theatre, Dumfries by the Guild of Players in honour of the Burns Federation's visit to the town on the 5th and 6th of September 1924.