Allan Ramsay

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man by Allan Ramsay

Artwork Detail

Initially influenced by Hogarth, Ramsay combined intimate characterization with the baroque conventions to which he was exposed during his first visit to Italy between 1736-38. By the mid-1750s, however, under French influence, he developed a new, informal style, creating a 'natural' portraiture that influenced Reynolds, Gainsborough and Henry Raeburn. Celebrated as a conversationalist and a wit, he shone in such literary circles as those of Dr Johnson.

Portrait of a Man
Allan Ramsay
Production date
circa 1750
oil on canvas
743 x 609 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1976
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
On display

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