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Statue: Robert Burns

Erection date: 26/7/1884


{On the front of the plinth:}
"The poetic genius of my country found me at the
plough - and threw her inspiring mantle over me she
bade me sing the loves, the joys, the rural scenes and
rural pleasures of my native soil in my native tongue:
I tuned my wild, artless notes as she inspired."

{On the paper at his feet at the left:}
"O sweet to stray, and pensive ponder a heartfelt sang."

{On the sculpture, at the back:}
Sir John Steell, Sculptor, 1881, Edinr.

{On a stone in the ground of the statue:}
The gift of John Gordon Crawford 1884.

Quill pen in hand. Unveiled by Lord Rosebery. This statue is one of 3 copies of that in Central Park, New York, the others being in Dundee and Dunedin, New Zealand. The head on the London statue is at a slightly different angle.

Site: Robert Burns (1 memorial)

WC2, Victoria Embankment Gardens

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Robert Burns

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Robert Burns

Born Alloway, Ayrshire. Wrote in the Scots language, and also in a Scots dial...

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Robert Burns

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John Gordon Crawford

A wealthy, early member of the Burns Club of London (founded 1868). Undiscove...

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Lord Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose

Born 20 Charles Street. Prime Minister, 1894-5, and first Chairman of the Lon...

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Sir John Steell

Born John Robert Steell, Aberdeen. Queen Victoria's official sculptor in Scot...

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