Allan Ramsay:
A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings

John Ingamells, Alastair Smart

Catalogue Raisonné
Publicaton Date
May 1999
Standard Number
Yale University Press
444 pages

Over 600 portraits are catalogued in detail. Each is illustrated in black and white in chronological sequence indicating the full range of Ramsay's art. There is an introductory essay and biographical summary, list of portraits, statistical surveys of his production and prices and indices of engravers and of sales.

Smart, who died in 1992, leaving Ingamells to compile and edit his notes, essentially re-established the reputation of the talented portrait painter Allan Ramsay in two biographies in 1952 and 1992. Unappreciated since his death, Ramsay is now considered among the most important portraitists of 18th-century England. He painted from 1732 to 1770 in a restrained and dignified style, using delicate colors. His subjects included British royalty and people of social and intellectual standing such as David Hume and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In addition to the 48 color reproductions of his portraits and more than 600 black-and-white illustrations in the catalogue raisonn? portion of the book, this volume includes a wealth of scholarly addenda: a list of Ramsay's identified sitters and of unidentified sitters in order of date; a list of his prices; a statistical survey of his portraits by size and sitter; indexes of painters, engravers, public collections, and sales; and more. This model of scholarship provides an example of how a catalogue raisonn? should be written. A beautifully produced volume for large public and academic libraries with an interest in British art.

About the authors

  • Black and white photograph of John Ingamells working at a desk in front of computer

    John Anderson Stuart Ingamells was a British art historian and writer, and former director of the Wallace Collection and York Art Gallery.