• Allan Ramsay Catalogue

Allan Ramsay Catalogue

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Especially published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Hunterian, September 2013 to January 2014. Written by exhibition curator and Deputy Director of the Hunterian, Mungo Campbell.

Three hundred years after his birth, Allan Ramsay's accomplished canvases and refined drawings offer us some of the defining portraits of the Enlightenment.

Ramsay, a Scot by birth, was as well equipped to offer a deep sense of engagement with his Enlightenment sitters through his intellectual and cultural upbringing as he was trained to create elegantly constructed paintings through his extended education as a painter in Italy. Establishing himself in London and Edinburgh, Ramsay was admired for his understanding of contemporary political, cultural, and intellectual issues, as well as for his portraits of key protagonists in these debates.

This beautiful volume brings together Ramsay's most celebrated sitters, such as Rousseau, Hume, and William Hunter, along with numerous drawings and prints to consider Ramsay's critical role in the British Enlightenment. Many of the artist's rarely seen portraits of women, equal participants in these debates, are included. In addition to exquisite reproductions, the volume draws on fascinating new research exploring the unique sensitivity of Ramsay's painting, the development of his technique, and familial influences on his work. Important new biographical and art historical information has suggested the need for new analysis of Ramsay's career and this book fills that niche.

Hardcover: 200 pages
Measures:1.9 x 25.4 x 28.6 cm
Publisher: Prestel
Publication Date: 30 Sept. 2013
ISBN: 9783791348780