About this artwork

Whilst the celebrated eighteenth-century portraitist Allan Ramsay painted many hundreds of sitters over the course of his career, he only produced a handful of self-portraits. One of the earliest is a likeness from around 1739, which is now in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. This shows the young artist wearing his own dark hair and gazing intently out of the canvas. It was copied by Ramsay’s pupil Alexander Nasymth in 1781 and it is this version that is now in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Updated 2021

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Alexander Nasmyth

Alexander Nasmyth