The painting illustrates the Scottish Ballad 'Annie's Tryste' which was written by Professor William Edmonstone of Aytoun (1813–1865). The air was alleged to have been composed in about 1850 by a daughter of John Swinton, Esq., of Broadmeadows. This ballad consists of six stanzas and tells the story of two lovers, Annie and Willie. The drama revolves around the fact that Annie is dying. 'I daurna tryste wi' you, Willie, I daurna Tryste ye here, But we'll hold our tryste in Heaven, Willie, In the spring time of the year.'
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Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture
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