Image of the Scottish poet Robert Burns (with shading up to eye level)
 

ROBERT BURNS


Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
so 144 not recorded 94a
 
Words:
Woven on silk:-
 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
WOVEN IN PURE SILK BY T. STEVENS, COVENTRY.

ROBERT BURNS. 

Size:
Card-mount:
cm deep by cm wide

silk:
cm deep by cm wide

Comments:
by Sprake:
 

by Godden:
The well know Scottish poet was born in 1759 and died in 1796.
This subject, the first non-political small sized portrait woven by Thomas Stevens, is listed on label 23+10+2 of c.1887. It is normally found mounted on card C2. The title was included in an advertisement published in May 1887.

Three versions are at present known - although a fourth may exist without the spray of thistle woven across the front.

The version most often met with has the portrait facing half right, with a spray of thistles woven across the front of the jacket. No wording appears on the silk - only the title and credit printed on the mount [so140 on this site].

A variation occurs [the image above] when slight shading is woven up to eye-level.

A very rare smaller version [so148 on this site] shows the same basic portrait, but with a verse of 'Auld Lang Syne' woven above the portrait.  

Other comments:
As noted by Godden, there are two versions of this portrait, one [with shading from the shoulder down [being so140 on this site], the second being the version above with the same shading from the shoulder, plus an additional very light shading from the eye-level down.

 


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