Allan Ramsay, 1684 - 1758. Poet 1722


  • Scottish Art
Allan Ramsay began his career in Edinburgh as a wigmaker; he went on to become a bookseller, successful poet and an important member of Edinburgh's literary and artistic circles. He was a close friend of the artist, William Aikman, and this portrait was owned by another friend, Sir John Clerk of Penicuik. Clerk wrote on the back of the canvas, imitating Ramsay's verse: 'Here painted on this canvas clout by Aikman's hand is Ramsay's snout'.


  • Acc. No. PG 973
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 75.70 x 64.00 cm (framed: 92.50 x 80.50 x 6.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1924