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Robert Burns

(1759-1796), Poet

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 11 portraits
Robert Burns came from a humble farming background in Scotland. With his father’s death in 1786, he was pushed to financial ruin which forced him to accept a position as a bookkeeper on a friend’s sugar plantation in Jamaica. While Burns welcomed this break from his woes, he did not relish his role, describing himself as ‘a poor Negro driver’ and writing a later abolitionist poem ‘The Slave’s Lament’. In the same year he gained fame 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 described 'Him who walked in glory and in joy/ Behind his plough, upon the mountainside.'

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Robert Burns, by Alexander Nasmyth - NPG 46

Robert Burns

by Alexander Nasmyth
oil on canvas, circa 1821-1822, based on a work of 1787
NPG 46

Album introductory carte-de-visite, by Unknown photographer - NPG x197215

Album introductory carte-de-visite

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

Robert Burns, by Edward Mitchell, after  Alexander Nasmyth - NPG D32442

Robert Burns

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

Robert Burns, by John Beugo, after  Alexander Nasmyth - NPG D13790

Robert Burns

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

Robert Burns, by Paton Thomson, after  Alexander Nasmyth - NPG D32441

Robert Burns

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

Robert Burns, published by James Cochrane & Co, after  John Miers - NPG D16378

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 - NPG D32438

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 - NPG D32440

Robert Burns

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

Robert Burns, after Alexander Nasmyth - NPG D32439

Robert Burns

after Alexander Nasmyth
gravure, late 19th century
NPG D32439

Unknown man, formerly known as Robert Burns, by Unknown artist - NPG D32444

Unknown man, formerly known as Robert Burns

by Unknown artist
chromolithograph, early 20th century
NPG D32444


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