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Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), Portrait painter

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 118 portraits
Ramsay completed his training in Rome and Naples. On his return to London in 1738 his only serious competitor was Thomas Hudson, with whom he shared a drapery painter, Joseph van Aken. In 1761 it was Ramsay, not Reynolds, who was appointed Painter to the King. His later portraits are characterised by their soft colours and French elegance. He gave up painting in about 1770 to follow literary pursuits.

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Allan Ramsay

by Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, circa 1737-1739
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3311


Allan Ramsay

by Allan Ramsay
red chalk heightened with white on buff paper, 1776
NPG 1660


Allan Ramsay

by and published by Abraham Wivell, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, published 8 January 1820
NPG D14273