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The Cottar's Saturday Night. By Robert Burns. Illustrated By John Faed, R.S.A.

Robert Burns

RA Collection: Book

Record number




For The Members Of The Royal Association For The Promotion Of The Fine Arts In Scotland., MDCCCLIII.

Physical Description

[12] f., [8] pl.; 312×407 mm.


[T.p.] - [Text, with pl.].

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed with the name of the source-artist, John Faed, and those of the engravers, W. Richardson, William Miller, R.C. Bell, Frank Croll, John Le Conte, Lumb Stocks or J. Horsburgh.

Each carries the publisher's imprint of the 'Royal Association for Promotion of Fine Arts, Scotland', and the name of the printers, McGlashon & Wilding.


For a monograph on the Faed family of artists see M. McKerrow, The Faeds (1982).

A list of illustrated Burns books was provided by the National Library of Scotland at http://www.nls.uk/burns/mainsite/burns/books2.htm.

Surveys of painters working in Scotland in the 19th century include C.B. de Laperriere, The Royal Scottish Academy exhibitors 1826-1990 (4 v., 1991); D. Macmillan, Scottish art 1460-1990 (1990); W. Hardie, Scottish painting 1837 to the present (1990); J. Halsby and P. Harris, Dictionary of Scottish painters 1600-1960 (1990).

For a study of Art Union prints see R. Smith, 'The rise and fall of the Art Union print', in Print Quarterly, 3:2 (1986), pp. 95-108.

Summary Note

The publication-date of 1853 is carried by the title-page and all plates.

Copy Note

The red cloth wrapper has been bound in; of which the upper cover is lettered, 'The Cottar's Saturday Night'.

Binding Note

19th-century half brown morocco, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Royal Association For Promotion Of The Fine Arts In Scotland 1849 1852 1853' and 'R.A.' Bound with two others.

Name as Subject


Agricultural laborers - Scots - Social life and customs - Rural areas - Great Britain - Scotland - History - 18th century - 19th century
Drawings - Genre - Great Britain - 19th century
English poetry - 18th century
Pictorial works - Illustrated books - Great Britain - 19th century


William Richardson, engraver
John Le Conte, engraver
William Wilding, intaglio printer
Alexander MacGlashon, intaglio printer
John Horsburgh, engraver
John Faed, source artist, draughtsman
William Miller, engraver
Robert Charles Bell, engraver
Francis Croll, engraver
Lumb Stocks RA, engraver
Royal Association For The Promotion Of The Fine Arts In Scotland
McGlashon and Wilding, intaglio printer