About this artwork

General John Ramsay was the son of the painter, Allan Ramsay. The artist's first wife, Anne Bayne, had died in childbirth and none of the children from the marriage reached adulthood. He remarried in 1752, eloping with the well-born Margaret Lindsay. The couple had three surviving children, Amelia, Charlotte and John. In 1782, after the death of his second wife, Allan Ramsay made his final trip to Italy, taking John out of Westminster School to accompany him. John went on to pursue a successful military career; later in life he became a keen collector of pictures and antiquities.

Francois Ferriere

Francois Ferriere

Francois Ferriere was born in Geneva and studied in Paris. He moved to Britain in 1793, exhibiting miniatures in London until 1804, when he travelled to St Petersburg and Moscow. He came back to Britain in 1817, exhibiting his strongly characterised portrait miniatures at the Royal Academy and the British Institution. Five years later he returned to Geneva, where he lived for the rest of his life. A respected portraitist, Ferriere included a number of Scots amongst his clients.