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Henry Raeburn, perhaps Scotland’s greatest portrait painter, was born this day in 1756. Although Naysmith, Reid, Skirving
and other accomplished artists depicted Robert Burns, there is no absolutely reliable likeness of the Bard. Had Raeburn not
been abroad when Burns was in Edinburgh, posterity could have had an outstandingly life-like image of the painter’s near contemporary.
Maybe the mystery of quite what the poet looked like adds allure to his mystique. Certainly there was angel and devil, both,
in the mix. The 'artist' addressed here is NOT Raeburn!