Bronze statue of Robert Burns, attired in the rustic dress of the peasant of Scotland at the time, seated on the broken stump of a tree, in 'the act of composing. Near the foot of the figure is a scroll with the text "O Sweet to stray, and pensive ponder, A heart-felt sang" (from Burns' poem To William Simpson Of Ochiltree, 1785), and beside it a broken ploughshare.
On the rock is written: the gift of john gordon crawford 1884.
1759 — 1796
"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."
- Sir John Robert Steell (Aberdeen 1804 - 1891),
Sources & Information
- Wikipedia, List of public art in the City of Westminster.
- Bob Speel, London sculpture.
- George L. Gomme, Return of outdoor memorials in London (London: City Council, 1910) (through Internet Archive).
- John Blackwood, London's Immortals: The Complete Outdoor Commemorative Statues (London: Savoy, 1989), p. 128-129.
- Andrew Kershman, London's Monuments (London: Metro Publ., 2013), p. 132.
- Peter Matthews, London's Statues and Monuments (Botley: Shire, 2012), p. 52-53.
Location (N 51°30'30" - W 0°7'18")
Item Code: gblo100; Photograph: 5 August 2014
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