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Alexander Goudie's Tam O Shanter

Scotland's most popular poem has been the inspiration for countless artists, writers and musicians.

The painter, Alexander Goudie (1933–2004), described Tam o’ Shanter as ‘a gothic tale, strewn with vivid and awesome images’. Over several years he transcribed his imaginings onto canvas, creating a series of narrative paintings which former National Galleries of Scotland Director, Timothy Clifford, described as 'among the best illustrative cycles in Scottish Art’.

This remarkable new book from Birlinn brings together his definitive vision of Burns’ great poem.


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Buy the book online at Birlinn Books