Burns at the House of Francis Grose

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Captain Francis Grose was an antiquarian whom Robert Burns met in 1789. The two, sharing a similar outlook on life and wealth, became friends. Burns's 'Epigram on Francis Grose' poked fun at his friend's large size. At the time of their meeting, Grose was writing a book on antiquities in Scotland and Burns persuaded him to include Kirk Alloway. It is said that Grose agreed on the condition that Burns would write a ghost story to go with it, which resulted in the masterpiece 'Tam o' Shanter'.

Robert Scott Lauder paints an imaginary scene of Burns visiting Captain Grose. He depicts them surrounded by the antiques in which they shared an interest, including several pieces of armour.

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Burns at the House of Francis Grose




oil on canvas


H 85 x W 110.4 cm

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