Illustration to 'Tam O'Shanter' by Robert Burns. Study for an Engraving
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Illustration to 'Tam O'Shanter' by Robert Burns. Study for an Engraving
  • Scottish Art
This drawing illustrates a verse from Burns’s epic Poem ‘Tam O’Shanter’ that recounts the events after a night spent drinking and Tam’s journey home. Here, Faed shows the scene where a drunken Tam regretfully leaves the Ayrshire tavern and attempts to mount his horse Meg: “Nae man can tether time or tide; / The hour approaches Tam maun ride; / That hour, o' night's black arch the key-stane, / That dreary hour he mounts his beast in”. Faed shows Tam accompanied by his drinking companions, one of which steadies his horse. This drawing was engraved and published in an illustrated edition of Burns’s work.

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Engraving

The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

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Details

  • Acc. No. D 2589
  • Medium Brush, dark brown wash and white heightening on paper
  • Size 8.50 x 11.80 cm
  • Credit William Findlay Watson Bequest 1881