Head of Margaret Lindsay, the Artist's Second Wife, Looking Down
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Head of Margaret Lindsay, the Artist's Second Wife, Looking Down about 1776
  • Scottish Art
Ramsay explored the full potential of red chalk to achieve a beautiful delicacy and softness in this drawing. He captures an informal moment when his wife was either reading aloud or possibly taking notes from his dictation. It belongs to studies he made on the Island of Ischia during his third trip to Italy in 1776. Ramsay suffered great discomfort after injuring his right arm in 1773 but the drawing only reflects his supreme skill and his wife's natural serenity and composure.

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Red chalk

A type of chalk containing the mineral hematite, a form of iron oxide, that is used for drawing.

Red chalk

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  • Acc. No. D 2009
  • Medium Red chalk with white heightening on grey paper
  • Size 37.00 x 27.90 cm
  • Credit Lady Murray of Henderland Gift 1860 in memory of her husband, Lord Murray of Henderland