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Allan Ramsay
Author: Alastair Smart

ISBN: 9780300056907
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 13 October 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.21 x 22.86 x 3.18
Description:
Allan Ramsay, court painter to King George III, was one of the major portrait painters of the eighteenth-century British school. Born in Edinburgh, he was also an important figure in the Scottish Enlightenment; his Dialogue on Taste merits an honored place among eighteenth-century belles lettres. This book by the world's foremost authority on Ramsay gives an entirely fresh account of Ramsay's life and sheds new light on his artistic and intellectual development. A classical scholar and master of several modern languages, Ramsay was unquestionably the most learned and erudite artist of the age. His friends included such celebrated men of letters as David Hume, Adam Smith, Horace Walpole, Samuel Johnson, and James Boswell, and he came to know the French philosophes Voltaire, Diderot, d'Holbach, and Rousseau (whose portrait he painted.) Alastair Smart describes Ramsay's early years, his artistic training in Scotland, England, and Italy, his rise to prominence as the leading portrait painter in England, his two marriages, his travels abroad, and his appointment as painter to the King. He discusses Ramsay's ideas, especially as revealed in the Dialogue on Taste. He analyzes the va...

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