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Allan Ramsay

The most important painter of eighteenth-century |

A brilliant portrait painter |

Allan Ramsay (1713 – 1784) ranks among the most important Scottish portrait painters of the 18th century. Having started his training in London, he travelled to Italy, where he refined his techniques in the workshops of renowned painters. He then returned to the United Kingdom, where he quickly gained fame and recognition. His mastery is evident in his realistic representation of the incarnate and the vitality of the faces he depicts. He was eventually appointed as the first court painter to George III, and continued to be extraordinarily productive under this commission until he sustained an injury to his right hand, forcing him to retire. His well-known portrait of the Duke of Argyll has been used on the Royal Bank of Scotland’s banknotes since 1987.

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