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Silhouette on ivory of 'Clarinda' by John Miers

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'Clarinda' miniature silhouette in ivory by John Miers

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet was born in a small cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire, the son of a market gardener. In 1786 aged 28 years, Burns, having recently published the first edition of his poems, travelled to Edinburgh. Here he met a society lady called Mrs. Agnes McLehose.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT460
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Wood and ivory
Dimensions:
3cm x 2cm
What:
Silhouette on ivory of 'Clarinda' by John Miers
Subject:
The silhouette by Miers is now on display in Burns Cottage Museum, Alloway, together with other items relating to Burns association with 'Clarinda'.
Who:
'Clarinda' (Mrs. Agnes McLehose) (friend of Robert Burns, poet)
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
1780's or 90's.
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The silhouette by Miers is now on display in Burns Cottage Museum, Alloway, together with other items relating to Burns association with 'Clarinda'.
Description:
The silhouette (made in ivory) of 'Clarinda', as Burns called Mrs. McLehose, is the work of the renowned John Miers who was most skilful with his portraits in silhouette. Burns became very friendly with 'Clarinda', whose husband had left her to go to Jamaica and corresponded with her, he being named 'Sylvander'.