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Jean Armour Burns Brown as a child, c 1870

19th Century

A sepia toned monochrome photographic print on a carte de visite card of Robert Burns' great granddaughter.


Jean Armour Burns Brown was the great granddaughter of Robert Burns, descended through Robert Burns junior, the poet's eldest son. From the time she was a young woman she was said to bear an uncanny resemblance to her famous forebear.


Because of this she became something of a celebrity in her own right, touring in Scotland and North America. She was regularly invited to ceremonies and events associated with Robert Burns and occurs in many photographs from the 1890s onwards until her death in 1937.


Carte de visite cards were almost always studio portraits, they were produced to be sold or exchanged and were collected in elaborate albums, specially made for the purpose, often with window mounts to display the cards. This carte de visite card dates from the 1870s when they were at the height of their popularity it comes from an album which belonged to Jean Armour Burns Brown herself.

width: 59 mm, length: 94 mm
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
Carte de Visite, Burns Brown Album / 2
Digital Number:
Creation Date:
c 1870
Dumfries & Galloway Council