John Anderson My Jo signed 'J Faed' (lower right) oil on canvas 53 x 72 cm. (20 7/8 x 28 3/8 in.)
PROVENANCE: James Douglas Fletcher, Rosehaugh House, Ross-Shire With Stacy Marks Gallery, Eastbourne Private collection, UK
EXHIBITED: Royal Academy, 1869, no. 824
The title refers to a traditional and rather bawdy folk song about the decline of sexual vigour, collected by Robert Burns in 1799 for the Merry Muses of Caledonia. His celebrated version which inspired this picture is much more affectionate and tempered in tone, describing the ageing process.