Allan Ramsay was a Scottish painter born on 13 October 1713 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. At 20, Ramsay began his artistic education in London, first under Hans Hysing, then at the St. Martin’s Lane Academy. In 1736, he left London for Italy and worked in the studios of Francesco Solimena and Francesco Fernandi.
Ramsay returned to Edinburgh in 1738 and gained recognition through some of his portraits. The Duke of Bridgewater employed him shortly after. After the death of his first wife, Ramsay married one of his drawing students, and they toured Italian cities together, studying and researching the old masters.
He returned to Scotland in 1761, and King George III appointed him Principal Painter in Ordinary, a position that saw him receive several portrait commissions. In 1770, Ramsay gave up painting and began pursuing literature. Due to depleting health, Ramsay couldn’t continue painting before he died on 10 August 1784 in Dover, Kent. His works are in the Scottish National Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy collection.
Allan Ramsay was known for painting portraits. Ramsay created using soft colors and excellent draughtsmanship. He paid keen attention to detail in the outfit, skin tone, and background objects of his artworks. Many of Ramsay’s portraits also vividly show the elegance associated with the French painting style.
Allan Ramsay was influenced by Hans Hysing, Francesco Fernandi, and Francesco Solimena. Ramsay received his early art instructions from the Swedish master portrait painter Hans Hysing and adopted his choice of subject. However, Fernandi and Solimena impacted Ramsay’s draughtsmanship.
Allan Ramsay was associated with the Realism art movement.
Below are some of the artworks of Allan Ramsay
Anne Bayne, Wife of the Artist
Augusta of Saxe-Gotha as Dowager Princess of Wales
Augusta Of Saxe-Gotha
Elizabeth Cunyngham, Mrs. Daniel Cunyngham
Jean Abercromby, Mrs. Morison of Haddo
Mrs. Allan Ramsay in Red Dress
Portrait of George III.
Portrait of John Prideaux Basset
Portrait of Lady Susanna Cambell
Portrait of Mrs. Cambell; née Susan Erskine of Menzies
Portrait of Queen Charlotte
Queen Charlotte with Two Children
Richard Grenville, 2nd Earl Temple
Sir Edward And Lady Turner