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Wilt Thou Be My Deary?
1830-1840
Printer:Printed by D. W. Kellogg & Co. , American, 1830 - 1840
Publisher:Published by D. W. Kellogg & Co. , American, 1830 - 1840
Lithography; printer's ink on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 8 5/8 x 8 3/4in. (21.9 x 22.2cm) Sheet (height x width): 12 1/2 x 17 1/16in. (31.8 x 43.3cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Samuel St. John Morgan
Description: A young man and a young woman stand side by side. He has his arm around her waist. He wears a jacket, a plaid vest, a shirt, a tie, and a Scottish cap. She wears a dress with an open bodice and a striped apron. Trees are in the right background. A boat with a square sail is on the shore of a lake or loch in the left background. Mountains are in the distance.
Subject Note: The son of a farmer, Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland on 25 January 1759. Although poor, he read widely, and by 1781, had begun to write poetry. His Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect were an immediate success when they were published in 1786. He died at Dumfries, Scotland on 21 July 1796 at the age of 37.
Inscription: On recto, lithographed title beneath image, "WILT THOU BE MY DEARY? / Wilt thou be my dearie? / When sorrow wrings thy gentle heart, / O wilt thou let me cheer thee? / By the treasure of my soul, / And that's the love I bear thee! / I swear and vow, that only thou / Shall ever be my dearie. / Burns' Songs." On verso, inscribed in pencil: upper left, "Print / Box 1 / #35"; lower left, accession number.
Object Number: 1946.11.26
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