for James Thomson's 'The Seasons.
Illustrations that brought Scottish poems to life in the 18th century have gone on display at the National Library.
Works by Allan Ramsey, Robert Fergusson, Robert Burns, James Thomson and the legendary Ossian benefited from the imagination of Scottish artists.
Literary illustration was not new in the 18th century — but it was the monopoly of London publishers until the 1780s. Scottish publishers then began to commission Scottish artists to illustrate Scottish editions, and started a trend that thrived for 40 years.
Produced in small formats that were easy to carry, the illustrated books proved to be highly popular.
On show in 'Illustrating Scottish poems' are visual representations of poems such as Ramsey's 'The Gentle Shepherd', Burns's 'Tam O' Shanter', and Thomson's 'The Seasons'.
The display is open daily in the George VI Bridge building in Edinburgh.
Read more in the 'Illustrating Scottish poems' media release.
12 April 2018