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Photograph of Jean Armour Burns Brown as a sculpture

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Jean Armour Burns Brown, as a portrait bust, c 1910

Introduction:
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.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
23
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 146 mm, width: 101 mm
What:
Photograph of Jean Armour Burns Brown as a sculpture
Subject:
This photographic oddity is a head and shoulders portrait of her in early middle age superimposed upon the torso and pedestal of a draped classical bust. Perhaps this was intended to be a tribute to the immortality or genius of Robert Burns, certainly her resemblance to him is particularly striking in this portrait.
Who:
Jean Armour Burns Brown (1864-1937) (great grand daughter of Robert Burns) (representation)
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (descendant of)
When:
c 1910
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This photographic oddity is a head and shoulders portrait of her in early middle age superimposed upon the torso and pedestal of a draped classical bust. Perhaps this was intended to be a tribute to the immortality or genius of Robert Burns, certainly her resemblance to him is particularly striking in this portrait.
Description:
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.