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Robert Burns Artwork

Posted by: Paul A Reeves

Paul A Reeves


Drawing of scene from Tam O Shanter.

Before I set out to go and live and study in Sunderland, I began work on a series of Robert Burns paintings and drawings. I had the idea to release a book of artwork that covered the Robert Burns first edition of poems called the Kilmarnock Edition. Kilmarnock is my home town. This was the first publication of his work. It was released in 1786 and sold for the grand sum of 3 shillings. This publication paved his way to celebrity status.


Drawing from Scene from Tam O Shanter. Each in its cauld hand held a light.

I wanted to cover all of the Kilmarnock Edition poems with drawings and paintings. I also wanted to include artwork from some of my other favourite Burns poems, such as Tam O Shanter, and release it as a book. Quite an ambitious project for a teenager.


Acrylic painting. Tam O Shanter.

The book project came to a pause due to my acceptance for a University place in Sunderland, and not long after that my career in the world of video games began. I still have a grand collection of Robert Burns artwork which I will continue to add to. I still like the idea of releasing a book of artwork depicting the poems of that fine fellow.

Prints of Tam O Shanter and other artwork of mine can be seen and purchased here. Paul Reeves Art

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