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Jean Armour Burns Brown, with her portrait bust, c 1920
A monochrome sepia toned photographic print of a direct descendent of Robert Burns, taken with her portrait bust and its sculptor
Jane Emma Burns Brown was the daughter of Robert Burns junior, the poet's eldest son and one of the few members of his family who continued to live in Dumfries. Her eldest daughter, Jean Armour Burns Brown, 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.
In this photograph she is taken with her portrait bust and the sculptor, Henry Snell Gamley RSA. Both she and the sculptor have signed the mount. Her reputation as closely resembling Robert Burns will most likely have been the reason she was selected as the subject for this sculpture.
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