Left: The two windows. Right: Closer view of the Robert Burns roundel.

The two attractive Jubilee Windows on the stairwell of the former Albert Institute, now the McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland, installed to celebrate the Institute's Jubilee. Clayton & Bell. 1917. The four roundels are on the "comfortable turnpike" at the east end of the McManus, leading from the ground floor galleries (once the library facilities) up to the Albert Hall (Gifford 113). The portraits of Burns (upper right), Sir Walter Scott (upper left), James Watt (lower right) and Sir Henry Raeburn (lower left) represent the most famous figures at that time in Scottish literature, science and art.

The poet Burns (1759-1796) did have some slight connection with Dundee, having visited it briefly. He described it as "a low-lying, but pleasant town — old steeple — Tayfrith — Broughty Castle, a finely situated ruin, jutting into the Tay" (130).

Photographs and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. [These images may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one. Click on the images for larger pictures.]

Related Material


Gifford, John. Dundee and Angus (The Buildings of Scotland). New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012.

Burns, Robert. The Prose Work of Robert Burns, with the notes of Currie and Cromek..... Edinburgh: W. and R. Chambers, 1839. Google Books (free Ebook). Web. 3 Novemebr 2016.

Created 3 November 2016