Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth button badge

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2.5 cm (diameter)

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2.5 cm single button badge featuring the portrait, Robert Burns, 1759 – 1796, by Alexander Nasmyth, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

This enamel pin badge is made by coating the metal backed pins with glass enamel and then firing them in a kiln. The result is a vibrant and highly detailed pin badge that will be the perfect finishing touch to your outfit.

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.

Alexander Nasmyth (9 September 1758 – 10 April 1840) was a Scottish portrait, landscape painter, and a pupil of Allan Ramsay. Nasmyth's impressive landscapes are his most significant contribution to painting in Scotland, however one of his most famous artworks is the portrait of his friend, the poet Robert Burns. In addition to his artistic career,Nasmyth was also an accomplished engineer, designing and building several bridges, and an influential teacher, inspiring many younger artists including his own children.