About this artwork

This is one of Ramsay's finest male portraits and celebrates a prominent figure in the brilliant intellectual life of Edinburgh during the Enlightenment. The distinguished judge is seated informally resting one arm on the table. Ramsay used light and shadow to provide a convincing likeness but also to enliven Lord Drummore's black and white clothes. This painting was commissioned by the Edinburgh Musical Society, with which both Ramsay and Lord Drummore were closely involved.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Allan RamsayScottish (1713 - 1784)
  • title:
    Hew Dalrymple, Lord Drummore, 1690 - 1755. Scottish judge
  • date created:
    1754
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    127.00 x 102.20 cm (framed: 138.00 x 112.00 x 6.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 1989
  • accession number:
    PG 2800
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Allan Ramsay

Allan Ramsay