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Robert Burns

Postcard of a colour tinted photograph of Burns Statue, Dumfries (1)

20th Century

"Burns Statue & High Street, Dumfries".  A colour tinted sepia toned photographic postcard of the town centre setting for the statue of Robert Burns.


In May 1877 the town council of Dumfries adopted a proposal to erect a statue to Robert Burns, the town's most illustrious inhabitant. A site was chosen in Church Place, at the junction of the High Street, Castle Street and Buccleuch Street and the local historian William McDowall was appointed secretary of a committee formed to progress the project.


The committee approved a model for the statue designed by the artist Amelia Paton Hill. She had exhibited portrait busts, animal figures and genre groups at the Royal Academy, and all these elements are to be found in her statue of Burns, which is probably her best known work.


The statue was carved in Carrara by Italian craftsmen working to Amelia Hill's model. It was unveiled by the Earl of Rosebery on 6th April 1882. In the following century it was moved on several occasions to accommodate road improvements in the general vicinity. This postcard shows it in its final position, acting as a roundabout in the early days of motor traffic in the town.

width: 139 mm, length: 89 mm
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
Postcard, BUR / 171
Digital Number:
Creation Date:
c 1930
Dumfries & Galloway Council