Anne Bayne, Mrs Allan Ramsay by Allan Ramsay A6 postcard
A6 (15 x 10 cm) single postcard featuring Anne Bayne, Mrs Allan Ramsay, c.1743 by Allan Ramsay from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.
Ramsay set this portrait, showing his first wife, within a painted oval. His careful handling of the play of light and shadow creates the illusion of a real person existing in palpable space. It reflects his careful observation and creates a freshness and vivacity unmatched in his earlier portraits.
The stiffness of Anne's pose suggests this is an early work, probably painted in Edinburgh at the time of the couple's engagement. They married in 1739 and Anne died four years later giving birth to their third child.
Allan Ramsay (13 October 1713 – 10 August 1784) was a prominent Scottish portrait-painter.