© National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Beugo, after Alexander Nasmyth Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1787
6 7/8 in. x 4 1/4 in. (175 mm x 109 mm) plate size; 7 7/8 in. x 4 7/8 in. (200 mm x 123 mm) paper size
- Robert Burns (1759-1796), Poet. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.
- John Beugo (1759-1841), Engraver. Artist associated with 5 portraits.
- Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840), Painter and scientist. Artist associated with 6 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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