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Isabella Burns, Mrs John Begg, 1771 - 1858. Youngest sister of Robert Burns 1843 - 1846

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Isabella Burns Begg was the youngest sister of the poet, Robert Burns. There was a striking resemblance between the two. Robert Burns died before photography was established but through this vivid portrait of his sister, we get an idea of how he might have looked in old age. Isabella was widowed young and raised nine children single-handed. In later years, she was given a picturesque cottage where she lived almost as a monument to her brother, entertaining hoards of visitors from the United Kingdom, the Continent and America.

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A term applied to certain landscape images and garden or architectural designs. The idea became prominent in the 18th century to describe irregular or rough scenes that were deemed worthy to be painted. This includes subjects such as ruined castles or ramshackle cottages.



  • Acc. No. PGP HA 277
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 19.80 x 13.80 cm
  • Credit Provenance unknown