About this artwork

The drawing belongs to a series of anonymous drawings relating to the theme of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott. It is mounted with a letter from James Ferguson, son of Professor Adam Ferguson, dated 23 June 1855, in which he describes the meeting of Burns with Scott in his father's house. Part of the letter reads; “My dear Sir, this drawing faithfully represents my Father - the late Professor Adam Ferguson's house at the Sheens where Scott then a youth of 15 years of age met Robert Burns. It was in the apartment in which the 2 windows (are) seen in the gable that Dugald Stewart introduced the Scottish Poet, and my Brother Adam believed that Dr. Black, Dr. Hutton, and John Home the Poet were of the party.”

  • title: Professor Adam Ferguson's House, Sciennes, Edinburgh
  • accession number: D 2590
  • artist: Unknown
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • materials: Pencil and watercolour on paper
  • date created: Unknown
  • measurements: 17.20 x 12.50 cm
  • credit line: William Findlay Watson Bequest 1881