This display, which showcases the Scottish National Gallery's unrivalled holdings of drawings by Allan Ramsay, marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of one of Scotland's most celebrated artists.
Born in Edinburgh, Ramsay was internationally renowned for his outstanding portraits and was appointed King's Painter to George III. He stands apart from his contemporaries in his life-long devotion to drawing, and hundreds of sheets by him survive. These provide a fascinating insight into his technical procedure, revealing the highly refined drawing and modelling skills which underpin his painted portraits.
This display coincides with the major exhibition at the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow, Allan Ramsay: Portraits of the Enlightenment.