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Watercolour - Tam O' Shanter at the Inn
  • Tam O' Shanter at the Inn
    Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878
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Tam O' Shanter at the Inn

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810-1878 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 91, box A

This watercolour painting shows a scene from the poem ‘Tam O'Shanter’ by the Scottish writer Robert Burns (1759-1796). The narrative poem explores myths and fears surrounding the night and warns against the dangers of drink. This image shows Tam merry-making in front of a cosy hearth before he ventures out into the darkness and is chased home by witches.

The artist, George Cruikshank (1792-1878), had a long and prolific career as a political caricaturist and book illustrator. He provided illustrations for many of the major contemporary novelists, including Charles Dickens.

Physical description

Watercolour depicted a man (Tam) and friends carousing in a tavern.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


ca. 1810-1878 (painted)


Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper


Height: 27.2 cm, Width: 37.7 cm

Descriptive line

George Cruikshank (1792 - 1878), 'Tam'O Shanter at the Inn' illustration to a poem by Robert Burns, signed. Cancelled duplicate number: AL.9621B.


Watercolour; Paper



Subjects depicted

Night; Man; Fireplace; Inn; Drinking; Woman


Illustration; Images Online; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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