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sections:Robert Burns (Son) Son's Invitation To Father's Funeral Son's Invitation To Mother's Funeral Two of Burns' Sons Great-Granddaughter In Nasmyth Portrait Great-Granddaughter At Alloway Great-Granddaughter With Mother At Dumfries home Great-Granddaughter With Portrait Bust
Jean Armour Burns Brown, as the Nasmyth portrait of Robert Burns, c 1900
A monochrome sepia toned photographic print of a direct descendent of Robert Burns, taken as a superimposed image on his portrait
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.
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.
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.
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