Robert Burns (artist)

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Robert Burns HRSA RSW (Edinburgh, 1869–1941) was a Scottish painter, limner and designer, of the Art nouveau and Decorative arts.


49 Northumberland Street, Edinburgh

He was born in Edinburgh in 1869.

Robert Burns spent long time, studying at London and Paris, and traveling northern Africa; then he returned to Edinburgh. He followed the example of the Arts and Crafts movement artists, employing a variety of materials for handicraft works. Such school also fomented the relationship between arts, commerce, and industry. Burns' most famous and complete designs have been for the Crawford's Tea Room (1926), which was located on Hanover Street[1] just off Princes Street in Edinburgh. Robert Burns combined both commercial enterprises and teaching, becoming the Head of Drawing and Painting, at the Edinburgh College of Art, where he taught from 1908 to 1919.[2]

By the early 20th century Burns was already fairly successful, allowing him to purchase 49 Northumberland Street; a large Georgian town house in Edinburgh's New Town, where he converted the attic into a large studio space.[3]


  • Diana and Her Nymphs
  • The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens
  • Sir Galahad
  • Waiting for the Ferry
  • The Window Seat
  • Adieu Schubert
  • Girl with Falcon
  • John Knox preaching in St Giles
  • Before the Looking Glass
  • Woman at her Toilet


  1. ^ "Robert Burns (1869–1941)". Art UK. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  2. ^ "Robert Burns - Artist - The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh". Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  3. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1911–12