Allan Ramsay, 1684 - 1758. Poet

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Allan Ramsay, 1684 - 1758. Poet Dated 1729
  • Scottish Art
This remarkable portrait drawing of the poet Allan Ramsay was made by his son when the latter was only fifteen years old. Ramsay the elder was so proud of his son’s talent that he gave the drawing as a present to Lord Minto, second baronet, and a significant public figure in Scotland. Throughout his life, Ramsay took a great interest in his son’s incredibly successful career as a portrait painter and gave him every encouragement. From about 1740 onwards, he sometimes signed his letters with ‘Allan Ramsay primus’ – the first – which shows that he was aware that his own fame and reputation as a poet were not necessarily better known than his son’s.


  • Acc. No. PG 2023
  • Medium Chalk on paper
  • Size 41.90 x 30.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1962