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Photograph of Jean Armour Burns Brown posing as Robert Burns

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Jean Armour Burns Brown, as the Nasmyth portrait of Robert Burns, c 1900

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:
26
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 149 mm, width: 106 mm
What:
Photograph of Jean Armour Burns Brown posing as Robert Burns
Subject:
This photographic oddity is a portrait from a calotype negative superimposed upon a similar photograph of the Alexander Nasmyth portrait of Robert Burns, which was painted in 1787 and which is undoubtedly the most frequently reproduced portrait of the poet. Click on the Related Record link at the bottom of this page to view Nasmyth's portrait of Burns.
Who:
Jean Armour Burns Brown (1864-1937) (great grand daughter of Robert Burns) (representation)
H J Rennie (Blairgowrie) (photographer)
Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840) (artist)
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (representation)
When:
c 1900
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This photographic oddity is a portrait from a calotype negative superimposed upon a similar photograph of the Alexander Nasmyth portrait of Robert Burns, which was painted in 1787 and which is undoubtedly the most frequently reproduced portrait of the poet. Click on the Related Record link at the bottom of this page to view Nasmyth's portrait of Burns.
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.