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Richard Burn sketchbook

Ms. Coll. 873

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Burn, Richard
Title:
Richard Burn sketchbook
Date [inclusive]:
1831-1832
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 873
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
This oblong, leather-bound sketchbook contains ink drawings by Richard Burn of Lurdenlaw, Kelso, Scotland, and dates from 1831 to 1832. Each page--including the front and back inside covers--are filled with many comical sketches and caricatures, several hunting scenes, some animals, and local Scottish landscapes.
Cite as:
Richard Burn sketchbook, 1831-1832, Ms. Coll. 873, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Richard Burn lived in Lurdenlaw, Kelso, Scotland in the 1830s. He appears to have been an amateur artist who specialized in comical drawings.

Scope and Contents

This oblong, leather-bound sketchbook contains ink drawings by Richard Burn of Lurdenlaw, Kelso, Scotland, and dates from 1831 to 1832. Each page--including the front and back inside covers--are filled with many comical sketches and caricatures, several hunting scenes, some animals, and local Scottish landscapes. The second leaf is signed and dated by Burn. Almost all of the sketches have captions and some with witticisms. A few landscape drawings are captioned "drawn from nature." There are several sketches of ghosts, devils, and/or demons with one page headed "Halloween." Many of the animals depicted are horses with the name of the horse written at bottom. Five ink drawings by another hand depict locals and include a fisherman; they are interspersed in the sketchbook and signed "E. F. R."

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2016 November 11

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Holly Mengel (cataloged by Donna Brandolisio)

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Samuel Gedge Ltd. (Mundesley, England), cat. 11 (2012), no. 98.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Caricatures
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Sketchbooks
Geographic Name(s)
  • Scotland--Pictorial works--19th century
  • Scotland--Social life and customs--19th century
Subject(s)
  • Art
  • Caricatures and cartoons--Scotland--19th century
  • Manners and customs

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Sketchbook, 1831-1832.

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