About this artwork

This is an illustration of Robert Burns’s song ‘Willie Brewed a Peck O’Malt’ which he wrote in 1789. Burns penned many songs and poems on the subject of drinking alcohol, but in that poem he also touched on the unity and brotherhood of men that alcohol enhances. Burns set the scene and states that their drinking is a regular occurrence with the lines, "Here are we met, three merry boys / Three merry boys I trow are we; / And mony a night we've merry been, / And mony mae we hope to be!". In this drawing Weigall has inscribed the names of the drinkers on his sheet. There is William Nicol, Allan Masterson and Robert Burns, and the scene takes place "at Moffat".

  • title: Illustration to 'Willie Brew'd a Peck O' Malt' by Robert Burns
  • accession number: D 2538
  • artist: Charles Harvey WeigallEnglish (1794 - 1877)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • subject: Burns
  • date created: Unknown
  • measurements: 10.30 x 7.50 cm
  • credit line: William Findlay Watson Bequest 1881

Charles Harvey Weigall

Charles Harvey Weigall

Weigall was an illustrator and a painter of landscapes, genre scenes and portraits. He was treasurer of the NWS (1839-41). He published the following manuals: ‘The Art of Figure Drawing’ (1852), ‘A Manual for the First Principles of Drawing, with Rudiments of Perspective’ (1853), ‘The Projection of Shadows’ (1856), and a ‘Guide to Animal Drawing’ (1862). Weigall also contributed illustrations to the ‘Illustrated London News’ and modelled in wax and made intaglio gems.