Allan Ramsay

Scottish (1713 - 1784)
Allan Ramsay Allan Ramsay, 1713 - 1784. Artist (Self-portrait) About 1755 - 1756

Biography

Born 1713
Died 1784
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Edinburgh
Death place Dover

Ramsay, named after his father who was a poet, was internationally renowned for his outstanding portraits. He attended the new Academy of St Luke in Edinburgh and then continued his artistic education in Italy. He visited Rome, studying at the French Academy and Naples. British residents commissioned many portraits from him and as soon as he returned to London he established a successful studio. He also returned to Edinburgh regularly. King George III appointed him King's painter. As a gifted conversationalist and writer of essays, Ramsay pursued his scholarly interests when injury to his right arm in 1773 cut short his painting career.

Glossary terms

  • Term used to denote painters from the Renaissance until 1800, or their works.

Exhibitions

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Scots in ltaly | Artists and Adventurers
Portrait
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Imagining Power: The Visual Culture of the Jacobite Cause
Portrait
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Rococo to Revolution
National
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Eighteenth - Nineteenth Century Art
National