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Allan Ramsay

  October 13, 1713        10th August 1784
Classicism   •   Wikipedia: Allan Ramsay
94 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #279
Allan Ramsey was, along with Thomas Hudson, one of the best-known 18th-century portrait painters in Great Britain. As the eldest son of a famous Scottish poet and antique bookstore, Ramsey was named after his father. Ramsey completed his school education in his hometown Edinburgh. Art was one of his subjects there, but it didn't go beyond the simple basics. Ramsey therefore moved to London at the age of 20 to study with the Swedish portrait artist Hans Hysing. After about 2 years, Ramsey left Hysing and went on to Italy to continue his studies. Between 1736 and 1738 Ramsay lived in Naples and Rome. There he was taught by Francesco Solimena and Francesco Fernandi, also known as Imperiali. Both artists should have a significant influence on Ramsey's later work.

After almost 3 years, Ramsey first returned to Edinburgh. Ramsey made his first portraits of the politician Duncan Forbes of Culloden and the Duke of Argyll, which was later seen on banknotes of the Royal Bank of Scotland, famous. But not only his artistic talent, but also his cultivated nature and good manners made him particularly popular with the English upper class. Ramsey was soon hired by the Duke of Bridgewater in London. In the same year he married his first wife, Anne Bayne. She died in 1743, just 4 years after the wedding, while giving birth to her third child. The common children later all died at a young age. Ramsey remained unmarried for several years and continued to work in London until he fell in love with one of his students. Margaret Lindsay came from a prestigious Scottish noble family, so her father was not very fond of the relationship with an artist. The couple ran away together in 1752 and secretly married. They had 3 children together and were obviously very happy with each other.

Ramsey went to Italy again with his wife. They traveled through Rome, Florence, Naples and Tivoli for 3 years. There they studied the old masters, visited archaeological sites and painted. Ramsey financed the trip by painting portraits of well-off European tourists. Finally, they returned to England, where Ramsey became the chief painter of King George III in 1761. was appointed and succeeded John Shackelton. He outdid his main competitor Thomas Hudson, who was also in discussion for the post. The king commissioned so many portraits that Ramsey had to hire some assistants, including David Martin and Philip Reinagle. From around 1770, Ramsey grew tired of painting and became more interested in literature. An unfortunate injury to the right arm and the death of his wife in 1782 also contributed. Ramsey completed a final portrait of the king and left England shortly thereafter to go back to Italy. He left around 50 incomplete portraits that had to be completed by Reinagle. © Meisterdrucke


 
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