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Postcard of Robert Burns, engraving, c 1908

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Postcard of a coloured engraving of a portrait of Robert Burns c 1908

Introduction:
This likeness of Robert Burns is taken from the authentic portrait painted from life by Alexander Nasmyth in 1787. It shows Robert Burns at the age of twenty eight during the year he spent in Edinburgh following the successful publication of the first edition of his poems.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
84
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Length: 88 mm, width: 137 mm
What:
Postcard of Robert Burns, engraving, c 1908
Subject:
It is this picture of Robert Burns, made during his rise to fame which has endured in the popular imagination. Many published images have been derived from it over the 200 years since his early death. This postcard was written in 1908 in Burns House, Dumfries which was a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts and already contained a museum in the poet's memory.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (representation)
William Creech (1745-1815)(publisher) (commissioned portrait)
W and A K Johnston Limited (Edinburgh) (publisher)
Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840) (artist (after))
When:
24-Jun-08 (postmark)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
It is this picture of Robert Burns, made during his rise to fame which has endured in the popular imagination. Many published images have been derived from it over the 200 years since his early death. This postcard was written in 1908 in Burns House, Dumfries which was a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts and already contained a museum in the poet's memory.
Description:
Burns was acclaimed as a poet and became popular in Edinburgh Society. His portrait was commissioned by his publisher, William Creech, to be engraved for the frontispiece of the Edinburgh edition of his work.