Detail of Flaxman's Burns. c.1828. Photograph 2009 Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may not reproduce this image without prior permission from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

The poet is shown in plaid and knee-breeches, with a small bunch of daisies in one hand and a roll of paper in the other, standing in the open in front of a tree-stump. At his feet lie a ploughshare, tam-o'shanter and thistle, all symbolic of his role as Scotland's ploughboy poet.

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