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Robert Burns

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Robert Burns, who came from a humble farming background in Scotland, shot to fame in 1786 with Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect and the Scots Musical Museum (1787) which contains some of his best-known songs. Burns was celebrated for using his personal experience of rustic subjects and local Scots dialects; Wordsworth wrote of 'Him who walked in glory and in joy/ Behind his plough, upon the mountainside.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    c.1821–1822

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    40.6 x 29.2 cm

  • Accession number

    46

  • Acquisition method

    Given by John Dillon, 1858

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