Robert Burns (oval) by Alexander Nasmyth greeting card

Robert Burns (oval) by Alexander Nasmyth greeting card


Single greeting card with envelope featuring artwork Robert Burns, 1759-1896, Poet, by Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840) from the National Galleries of Scotland collection. Send someone a Scottish greeting for Burns night.

This half-length portrait of Burns, framed within an oval, has become the most well-known and widely reproduced image of the famous Scottish poet. Nasmyth's painting, commissioned by the publisher William Creech, was to be engraved for a new edition of Burns' poems. He is shown fashionably dressed against a landscape, evoking his rural background in Alloway, Ayrshire. 

Burns and Nasmyth had become good friends, having been introduced to one another in Edinburgh by a mutual patron, Patrick Miller of Dalswinton. Nasmyth, pleased to have recorded Burns' likeness convincingly, decided to leave the painting in a slightly unfinished state.

Alexander Nasmyth (9 September 1758 – 10 April 1840) was a Scottish portrait and landscape painter, a pupil of Allan Ramsay.


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