In 1872 a statue of author Walter Scott was unveiled in Central Park. Designed by eminent Scottish sculptor John Steell, it was the gift of Scottish Americans, who almost immediately laid plans for a second monument to a countryman. In April 1873, a movement started within the Caledonian Club to erect a statue to Scottish poet Robert Burns. Not surprisingly, John Steell was the selected artist for the project.
It is probable that within the next year the group of statues at the lower end of the Mall in Central Park will receive a notable addition, namely, a companion to Steell's noble representation of Sir Walter Scott, in the shape of a colossal bronze figure by the same sculptor of Scotland's best-loved minstrel, Robert Burns.
Though lingering star of lessening ray,Again thou usherest in the day.Where Mary from my heart was taken.