The illustrator of the original engraving for this print was John Masey Wright (1777-1866), an English artist. It was engraved by John Rogers (1800?-1882), a very well-known and prolific English engraver.
The engraving was first published in 1842. The subject is an illustration of the Robert Burns cantata “Love and Liberty,” also known as “The Jolly Beggars,” written in 1785. It was composed in Scottish peasant dialect; a portion of the cantata is etched under the title at the bottom center. J.M. Wright did many such illustrations for publications of works by Burns, as well as for authors such as Sir Walter Scott.
The overall framed measurements of this print are 12 ¾ inches wide by 10 1/8 inches high. The image is 6 7/8 inches wide by 4 ¾ inches high. The 1 1/8 inch wide, minimally ornate frame is newer, with a scrolled outer edge, beaded inner edge and a speckled gilt finish. The glass is non-glare, which aids greatly in enabling us to see all the fine detail of this work.