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Robert Burns / Scottish Interest - A Pair of Early 19th Century Folk Art Antique Plaster Patinated Figures of Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnnie, Circa 1830, after the Poem by Robert Burns

  • Reference : 4190
  • Availability : Sold
  • Dimensions : Height (each) approx 17"
  • Price : ¬£Sold

Information

A rare pair of 19th Century plaster figures by Luigi "Lewis" Brucciani (circa 1786-1846), recorded as working from Drury Lane, London, England.  Made circa 1830.

Each figures is impressed verso with the makers mark/stamp.  The figures have been based on the original lifesize sandstone figures sculpted by James Thom in 1828 and now in the ownership and on display at The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire, Scotland.

Robert Burns (born 1759 - died 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.

Tam o' Shanter is a wonderful, epic poem in which Burns paints a vivid picture of the drinking classes in the old Scotch town of Ayr in the late 18th century. It is populated by several unforgettable characters including of course Tam himself, his bosom pal, Souter (Cobbler) Johnnie and his own long suffering wife Kate, "Gathering her brows like gathering storm, nursing her wrath to keep it warm". We are also introduced to Kirkton Jean, the ghostly, "winsome wench", Cutty Sark and let's not forget his gallant horse, Maggie.

The tale includes humour, pathos, horror, social comment and the poem itself is deemed by many critics to have the best lines ever penned by Burns. 

Condition - as per images - minor losses and surface wear but all in all good and there are no traces of any repairs to the main plaster bodies.

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