Oil Painting: Rosamund Sargent, née Chambers (1722-1792) by Allan Ramsay (1713-1784) 1749

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A377

Object

Oil Painting: Rosamund Sargent, née Chambers (1722-1792) by Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)
1749

Gallery label

Rosamund Sargent, née Chambers (1722-1792)
Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)
Oil on canvas, 1749
Signed A Ramsay / 1749

Allan Ramsay came from Edinburgh. After studying in Italy he settled in London, where his polished but intimate style of portraiture was much admired. In 1749 Ramsay made a pair of portraits to celebrate the marriage of his friends John Sargent and Rosamund Chambers. This portrait of Rosamund is unusual for the bold directness of her gaze and strong lighting from the left. Its intimacy and informality recall Horace Walpole’s words: Ramsay ‘was formed to paint women’.

Bequest of Sir Orme Sargent, 1962

A377

Rosamund Sargent, née Chambers (1722-1792)
Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)
Oil on canvas, 1749
Signed A Ramsay / 1749

Allan Ramsay came from Edinburgh. After studying in Italy he settled in London, where his polished but intimate style of portraiture was much admired. In 1749 Ramsay made a pair of portraits to celebrate the marriage of his friends John Sargent and Rosamund Chambers. This portrait of Rosamund is unusual for the bold directness of her gaze and strong lighting from the left. Its intimacy and informality recall Horace Walpole’s words: Ramsay ‘was formed to paint women’.

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Bequest of Sir Orme Sargent, 1962
A377

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