Allan Ramsay

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man by Allan Ramsay

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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
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
Not on display

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