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A fine, large bust of the Scottish Romantic poet Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) after an original by Wyon, attached to the socle with slip and with a brass nut and bolt.
This bust is marked E W Wyon F with no maker’s mark but is illustrated as Wedgwood in The Parian Phenomenon, p 198, figure 660a. Wedgwood commonly used slip to fix busts to their socles.
Height 33½cm (13.2“)
Burns was the eldest child of an unsuccessful tenant farmer and had a haphazard education while working on the family farm. Burns also initially became an unsuccessful farmer while building his reputation through his poetry. He wrote original poetry in standard and Scottish English and Gaelic and also adapted folk songs, his work becoming known and loved across the world, not just in his native Scotland. "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung across the UK on New Year’s Eve. Other well-known poems include "A Red, Red Rose" and "Tam o' Shanter", the origin of the name given to the soft man’s bonnet worn with Scottish dress.
Burns is remembered each year in Scotland and by the Scottish diaspora on the anniversary of his early death at the age of 37, 25th January, “Burns Night”, when Burns’ "Address to a Haggis" is declaimed while the haggis is presented and cut open.