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Allan Ramsay

Anna Bruce of Arnot (died 1810)

  • Anna Bruce of Arnot (died 1810)
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About this artwork

As the only surviving child and sole heiress of General Sir John Hope-Bruce of Craighall, Kinross and Arnot, Anna Bruce inherited a handsome fortune on her father’s death in 1766. Exceptionally, she retained her maiden name on her marriage to the Edinburgh surgeon Thomas Williamson in 1774. The muted colours and extreme delicacy of touch in this late Ramsay masterpiece suggest the influence of contemporary French art, especially the refined pastel portraiture of Maurice Quentin de la Tour.

Updated before 2020

Allan Ramsay (1713 - 1784) Scottish
Anna Bruce of Arnot (died 1810)
Late 1760s
Oil on canvas
74.80 x 62.00 cm; Framed: 96.20 x 83.60 x 9.20 cm
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Purchased 1907
Accession number:
NG 946
Scottish National Gallery (On Display)
Artwork photographed by:
Antonia Reeve

True colours

Allan Ramsay