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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 - NPG 3311

Allan Ramsay

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

Richard Mead, by Allan Ramsay - NPG 15

Richard Mead

by Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, 1740
NPG 15

John Burgoyne, after Allan Ramsay - NPG 4158

John Burgoyne

after Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, after 1758
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4158

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, studio of Allan Ramsay - NPG 224

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

studio of Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, (1761-1762)
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 224

King George III, studio of Allan Ramsay - NPG 223

King George III

studio of Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, (1761-1762)
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 223

Sir Andrew Mitchell, after Allan Ramsay - NPG 2514

Sir Andrew Mitchell

after Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, (1766)
NPG 2514

Allan Ramsay, by Allan Ramsay - NPG 1660

Allan Ramsay

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

Allan Ramsay, by Giles King, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D27584

Allan Ramsay

by Giles King, after Allan Ramsay
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D27584

Sir John Barnard, by John Faber Jr, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D633

Sir John Barnard

by John Faber Jr, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, published 1739
NPG D633

Sir John Barnard, by John Faber Jr, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D634

Sir John Barnard

by John Faber Jr, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, published 1739
NPG D634

Sir John Barnard, by John Faber Jr, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D635

Sir John Barnard

by John Faber Jr, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, published 1739
NPG D635

Charles Cathcart, 8th Baron Cathcart, by John Faber Jr, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D1220

Charles Cathcart, 8th Baron Cathcart

by John Faber Jr, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, 1740
NPG D1220

James Francis Edward Keith, by Alexander van Aken, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D3391

James Francis Edward Keith

by Alexander van Aken, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, circa 1740
NPG D3391

John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll and Greenwich, by John Faber Jr, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D7095

John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll and Greenwich

by John Faber Jr, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, (1740)
NPG D7095

Charles Stewart, by John Faber Jr, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D19963

Charles Stewart

by John Faber Jr, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, 1740
NPG D19963

Thomas Burnet, by John Faber Jr, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D32429

Thomas Burnet

by John Faber Jr, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, 1741 or after
NPG D32429

Thomas Burnet, by John Faber Jr, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D32434

Thomas Burnet

by John Faber Jr, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, 1741 or after
NPG D32434

John Verney, by George Vertue, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D8777

John Verney

by George Vertue, after Allan Ramsay
line engraving, 1741 or after
NPG D8777

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