BURNS, ROBERT (1759-1796, Scottish poet)
PORTRAIT BY HENRY SAMUEL SADD (1811-1893), AMERICAN ENGRAVER, AFTER ALEXANDER NASMYTH (1758-1840), mezzotint, head and shoulders, in an oval, dated New York 1847, lettered 'From the celebrated Picture by Alexr Nasmyth Painted in 1787, framed and glazed, size of image 18 x 13 ½ inches (45.5 x 34.5 cm), overall size 25 x 19 ¾ inches (63 x 50 cm), New York, 1847
The American version of this celebrated portrait. Nasmyth is said to have remarked that the mezzotints were a 'more true & lively resemblance' than his own picture.
Henry S. Sadd was a mezzotint engraver, born in England where he exhibited in London until going to America in around 1840. He spent the 1840s in New York and exhibited at the National Academy. After 1849, he emigrated to Australia where he died.
- Please note that Samuel Sadd's dates should read 1811-1893.