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Allan Ramsay

The Artist's Wife: Margaret Lindsay of Evelick, c 1726 - 1782
1758
Margaret Lindsay's skin has a radiant whiteness that makes her hand one of the focal points of the painting. The shadows on the skin and the white highlights that indicate the shine of her fingernails are faithful to the preparatory study, but Ramsay made subtle improvements to the form of the hand in his painting. It displays a better understanding of the skeleton of the hand: the fleshy area between Margaret's little finger and her wrist was straight and more angular in the drawing, compared to the naturalistic curve of the palm that he achieved in paint. The stem of the rose she holds is slightly more arched than in the drawing, which serves to enhance the refinement and elegance of her gesture. To Ramsay, grace and poise were all-important.
  • Credits Bequest of Lady Murray of Henderland 1861
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 74.30 x 61.90 cm

Did you know?

Ramsay painted two portraits of his wife Margaret, and he included roses in both.