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Robert Burns (1759-1796), Poet

Sitter associated with 10 portraits
Robert Burns, who came from a humble farming background in Scotland, shot to fame in 1786 with Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect and the Scots Musical Museum (1787) which contains some of his best-known songs. Burns was celebrated for using his personal experience of rustic subjects and local Scots dialects; Wordsworth wrote of 'Him who walked in glory and in joy/ Behind his plough, upon the mountainside.'

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Robert Burns

by Alexander Nasmyth
oil on canvas, circa 1821-1822 (1787)
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 46


Album introductory carte-de-visite

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x197215


Robert Burns

by Edward Mitchell, after Alexander Nasmyth
line engraving, (1787)
NPG D32442


Robert Burns

by John Beugo, after Alexander Nasmyth
stipple engraving, published 1787
NPG D13790


Robert Burns

by Paton Thomson, after Alexander Nasmyth
line engraving, published 1798
NPG D32441


Robert Burns

published by James Cochrane & Co, after John Miers
line engraving, published 1834 (1787)
NPG D16378


Fictitious portrait of Robert Burns

by John Burnet, after Sir William Allan
line engraving, circa 1838
NPG D32438


Robert Burns

by John Christian Zeitter, after Alexander Nasmyth
mezzotint, published 1839
NPG D32440


Unknown man, formerly known as Robert Burns

by Unknown artist
chromolithograph, early 20th century
NPG D32444