Margaret Lindsay of Evelick, Mrs Allan Ramsay by Allan Ramsay A6 postcard
A6 (15 x 10 cm) single postcard featuring Margaret Lindsay of Evelick, Mrs Allan Ramsay, 1726-80 by Allan Ramsay from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.
This tender and informal portrait of his second wife illustrates Ramsay's mature style, following his second visit to Italy (1754-57). He beautifully captures the fall of light on her face and on the pretty lace and fabrics of her clothes.
She holds one of the flowers she was arranging in their London home as she turns towards her husband and looks out to meet our gaze.
The couple had eloped in 1752 and married in the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh. Margaret was never forgiven by her father, Sir Alexander Lindsay of Evelick, Perthshire, for marrying what he considered a lowly, albeit highly successful, artist.
Allan Ramsay (13 October 1713 – 10 August 1784) was a prominent Scottish portrait-painter.