The Betrothal of Burns and Highland Mary (1866)

Medium: oil

The Athenaeum, 3 March 1866:

Mr. Eyre Crowe has recently finished a picture representing the betrothal of Burns to Highland Mary. The parties are represented as the event actually occurred, standing one on either side of a running stream, their hands joined above its course. The background of the picture was painted on the spot where the ceremony took place, and has thus an interest beyond that which pertains to it as work of Art.

The picture was also noted in The Scotsman, on 17 April 1866, as one which Crowe was to exhibit at the forthcoming Royal Academy exhibition. It was never exhibited, so was presumably rejected at either the selection or hanging stage.

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