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Etching of The Deil's Awa wi th' Exciseman

Introduction:
An etching inspired by the Robert Burns song 'The Deil's Awa wi th' Exciseman' (1792), by the artist Robert Bryden (1865 - 1939). The etching has be restored and framed and is now part of the collection of the North Ayrshire Museum.
Image Rights Holder:
North Ayrshire Council Museums Service
Ref:
SATAM:2002:0040
Project:
675:Treasures: North Ayrshire Council
Material:
Paper, glass, wood
Dimensions:
56 x 52 x 2cm
Subject:
Robert Bryden was one of Ayrshire's most celebrated artists. He was born in Coylton and worked mainly in Ayr. Bryden specialised in bronze and wood carving. His bronze portraits of William Wallace and Robert Bruce may be seen at Ayr Town Hall.
Who:
Robert Bryden (artist)
Robert Bruce (portrait in Ayr)
William Wallace (portrait in Ayr)
When:
1792 (date of song's composition)
1865 to 1939 (life span of artist)
Where:
North Ayrshire Heritage Centre
Background:
Robert Bryden was one of Ayrshire's most celebrated artists. He was born in Coylton and worked mainly in Ayr. Bryden specialised in bronze and wood carving. His bronze portraits of William Wallace and Robert Bruce may be seen at Ayr Town Hall.
Description:
The scene shows the Devil dancing through the streets of Dumfries with his fiddle and carrying away the eponymous exciseman. One of the Devil's cohorts follows behind with a drum. The exciseman is seen being mocked by patrons of the nearby Tappit Hen hostelry.