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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.
oil on canvas
40.6 x 29.2 cm
Given by John Dillon, 1858
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE EnglandView venue
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