1 of 11 portraits of Robert Burns
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by Alexander Nasmyth
oil on canvas, circa 1821-1822, based on a work of 1787
16 in. x 11 1/2 in. (406 mm x 292 mm)
Given by John Dillon, 1858
Artistback to top
- Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840), Painter and scientist. Artist associated with 6 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Nasmyth, a landscape artist, painted the first version of this portrait in 1787. He was commissioned to make this copy by George Thomson, a collector of Scottish songs, in 1820.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 40
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 30
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 63
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 83
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 91
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 45
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1787back to top
Current affairsSocial reformers Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson found the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in London with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.
George III shows first signs of mental instability in November.
Art and sciencePainter Robert Barker takes out a patent on the Panorama..
Astronomer William Herschel discovers the two moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon.
The original Lord's Cricket Ground holds its first cricket match.
InternationalCaptain William Bligh sets sail for Tahiti on The Bounty.
First performance of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni at the National Theatre, Prague.
A British ship lands a party of freed slaves as the first modern settlers in Sierra Leone.
Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.
Bahamas become a British colony.
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