Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Tam O'Shanter Poem By Robert Burns Embossed Brass Scene Circa 1820

In Fine Art > Show & Tell.
vintagelamp's items29 of 787Boer War South Lancashire British Foreign Service Pith Helmet HatOrchestra Conductor's Baton Ivory Dog Head
Love it
Like it

RadegunderRadegunder loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
auraaura loves this.
kyratangokyratango loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
NewfldNewfld loves this.
blunderbuss2blunderbuss2 loves this.
WatchsearcherWatchsearcher loves this.
jscott0363jscott0363 loves this.
See 7 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 7 months ago

    (787 items)

    Found this wonderful piece at an antique shop
    From the internet:
    "Tam o' Shanter" is a narrative poem written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1790, while living in Dumfries. First published in 1791, it is one of Burns' longer poems, and employs a mixture of Scots and English.
    The poem describes the habits of Tam, a farmer who often gets drunk with his friends in a public house in the Scottish town of Ayr, and his thoughtless ways, specifically towards his wife, who is waiting at home for him, angry. At the conclusion of one such late-night revel after a market day, Tam rides home on his horse Meg while a storm is brewing. On the way he sees the local haunted church lit up, with witches and warlocks dancing and the Devil playing the bagpipes. He is still drunk, still upon his horse, just on the edge of the light, watching, amazed to see the place bedecked with many gruesome things such as gibbet irons and knives that had been used to commit murders and other macabre artifacts. The witches are dancing as the music intensifies and, upon seeing one particularly wanton witch in a short dress he loses his reason and shouts, 'Weel done, cutty-sark!' ("cutty-sark": short shirt). Immediately, the lights go out, the music and dancing stops and many of the creatures lunge after Tam, with the witches leading. Tam spurs Meg to turn and flee and drives the horse on towards the River Doon as the creatures dare not cross a running stream. The creatures give chase and the witches come so close to catching Tam and Meg that they pull Meg's tail off just as she reaches the Brig o' Doon.

    Fine Art
    See all
    Antique B.D. Walkley American Hudson River Landscape Oil Painting & Gilt Frame
    Antique B.D. Walkley American Hudso...
    Antique MABEL WOODWARD RI Impressionist Children & Beach Umbrella Oil Painting
    Antique MABEL WOODWARD RI Impressio...
    Pair 19thC Antique American Folk Art Husband & Wife Portrait Oil Paintings, NR
    Pair 19thC Antique American Folk Ar...
    19thC Antique OTIS WEBER American Maritime Clipper Ship Seascape Oil Painting
    19thC Antique OTIS WEBER American M...
    Antique B.D. Walkley American Hudson River Landscape Oil Painting & Gilt Frame
    Antique B.D. Walkley American Hudso...
    See all


    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 months ago
      Such an amazing piece. I love that scene and the story behind it. Wow, that's really quite a poem!!!
    2. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 7 months ago
      Thank you! I saw those nasty witches and had to have it!

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.