Robert Burns

The Hunt (previously known as Diana and Her Nymphs) (About 1926)

About this artwork

The vibrant colours and patterns of this panel provide an exotic jungle-like setting for the Greek goddess Diana, and her nymphs. The wild birds and animals, including the striking leopards at the front, allude to her role as the goddess of hunting. The panel is filled with exuberant rhythm and energy characteristic of 1920s design. It was created as part of the ambitious first floor decoration for Crawford's Tea Rooms at 70 Princes Street, Edinburgh. Burns was responsible for every detail of the interior design from the murals to the cake-stands.

Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Burns was an early exponent of the Art nouveau style in Scotland and an outstanding decorative artist. He returned to Edinburgh after periods studying in London and Paris and travelling in North Africa. A talented painter and designer, Burns followed the example of artists of the Arts and Crafts movement, engaging in projects involving a variety of materials. These also furthered the relationship between the arts, commerce and industry. His most famous and complete interior designs were for Crawford's Tea Rooms on Princes Street. He combined commercial projects with teaching and became Head of Painting at Edinburgh College of Art.