Allan Ramsay

male / Scottish
painter, watercolorist, draftsman
Edinburgh 1713-10-02/1713-10-13
Dover (England) 1784-08-10
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Van Aken was decoration painter in the service of Ramsay
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1729 - 1773
Active in
  • Edinburgh
  • Londen (Engeland) 1732 - 1733
    Here he studied painting under the Swedish portrait painter Hans Nysing (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
  • Rome 1736 - 1737
    He first studied in Rome, under Francesco Imperiali (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
  • Napels 1737 - 1738
    In 1737 he studied briefly in Naples under Francesco Solimena before returning to London (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
  • Londen (Engeland) 1738 - 1784
    He returned to London and took up practice in Covent Garden He moved to Soho Square in 1757. in 1764 he acquired a studio in Harley Street for the production of copies of the Coronation portraits (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
  • Inveraray Castle 1748-08
    In August he spent several weeks in the suite of the 3rd Duke of Argyll (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
  • Edinburgh 1753 - 1754-06
    He worked here with david Hume and Adam smith from late 1753 until June 1754 (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
  • Rome 1754 - 1757
    He visited Italy for the second time. He stayed mainly in Rome, but visited Naples in the spring of 1756 (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
  • Genève 1765
  • Ferney-Voltaire (Frankrijk) 1765
    Here he visited Voltaire (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
  • Parijs 1765
    Here he met with Diderot and baron d'Holbach (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
  • Genève 1773-10 - 1773-11
    In 1773 he retired from painting, due to an injury to his right hand. He escorted Hon. Rachel Hamilton and visited Voltaire at Ferney together with the 5th Earl of Chesterfield (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
  • Italië 1775 - 1777
    He visited Rome. In Licenza he studied the site of Horace's Sabine villa. Later he visited Ischia, where he started to draw again (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
  • Italië 1782 - 1784
    He made his last trip to Italy, where continued his investigation of the villa at Licenza. He visited Naples in 1783 where he became friends with Sir William Hamilton. He also visited Florence where he met the British envoy, Sir Horace Mann (Smart/Ingamells 1999).
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Creation date: 1992-01-24; Last modified date: 2021-03-01


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