John Flaxman

Robert Burns

John Flaxman

c.1828 (commissioned in 1824)

White marble

Scottish National Portrait Gallery


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  • Whole statue
  • Detail (1)
  • Detail (ploughshare, tam-o'shanter and thistle)
  • Pedestal and bas-relief
  • Based on the famous portrait by Alexander Naismyth, the statue was completed after Flaxman's death in 1826 by the sculptor's pupil and brother-in-law, Thomas Denman (see "Robert Burns"). The poet is shown in plaid and knee-breeches, a small bunch of daisies in one hand, a roll of paper in the other, standing in the open in front of a tree-stump. A ploughshare, tam-o'shanter and thistle lie at his feet, all symbolic of his role as Scotland's ploughboy poet. A bas-relief on the pedestal depicts the Muse crowning the seated Burns. According to the inscription on the pedestal, the work was paid for by widespread subscription. [continued below]

    Photograph, caption, and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee

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