Kerchief: The Cotters Saturday Night

English or Scottish
Late 18th century

Object Place: England or Scotland


44.1 x 46.2 cm (17 3/8 x 18 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton Printed

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Copperplate engraving, printed in mauve, on tabby-woven cotton ground. Shows a group of men, women, and children gathered in a cottage, around a small table at which an elderly man reads from Genesis. Narrow border shows thistle vine. Below pictorial field, text of Burns’ poem Inscribed: “From a Drawing by David Allan in the Possesion of John Mair Esq. Plantation, Glasgow.” Stained; a few holes and patches. Selvedge at right; other edges cut.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Choate