One of Scotland’s most celebrated artists

There’s been a recent upsurge of interest in Scotland’s most celebrated painter, fuelled by a forthcoming exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland marking the 300th anniversary of his birth.

When he wasn’t painting George III, pamphleteering, being shipwrecked or exchanging witticisms with Dr Johnson and Voltaire, Allan Ramsay found the time to both formulate a native Scottish style of painting and develop a new style of ‘natural’ portraiture that would influence artists such as Gainborough, Reynolds and Henry Raeburn. This explains why he is such an important figure in the history of Scottish art.

Visit the Fine Art Library to find out more about the man, his work and his legacy.


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