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Postcard of Jean Armour Burns Brown, as the Nasmyth Burns

Period:
20th Century
Description:

A monochrome sepia toned photographic print of a direct descendant of Robert Burns, taken as a superimposed image on his portrait and sold as a postcard.

 

Jean Armour Burns Brown was the great granddaughter of Robert Burns, descended from 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 associated with Robert Burns and appeared at many events from the 1890s onwards until her death in 1937.

 

This photographic oddity is a portrait of her superimposed upon a photograph of the Alexander Nasmyth portrait of Robert Burns, which was painted in 1787 and which is undoubtedly the most reproduced portrait of the poet.

Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
length 136mm, width 87mm
Source:
Robert Burns Centre
Accession number:
BUR/237
Digital Number:
BCBN042n
Creation Date:
c1905
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council