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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Allan Ramsay
PORTRAIT OF JEAN NISBET, LADY BANFF (D. 1790), HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A WHITE SILK DRESS AND BLUE WRAP
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Allan Ramsay
PORTRAIT OF JEAN NISBET, LADY BANFF (D. 1790), HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A WHITE SILK DRESS AND BLUE WRAP
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
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Allan Ramsay
EDINBURGH 1713 - 1784 DOVER
PORTRAIT OF JEAN NISBET, LADY BANFF (D. 1790), HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A WHITE SILK DRESS AND BLUE WRAP
signed and dated lower right: A. Ramsay 1743
oil on canvas
76.6 x 63.8 cm.; 30 1/8  x 25 1/8  in.
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Provenance

Aitken Dott, Edinburgh (as an unknown lady);
From whom acquired by Alexander Shaw, 2nd Baron Craigmyle (1883–1944) in 1939;
Thence by descent.

Exhibited

Glasgow, Bellahouston Park, Empire Exhibition, May – December 1938, no. 1;
London, Royal Academy, Allan Ramsay, 7 March – 26 April 1964, no. 8;
Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 August – 27 September 1992; London, London, National Portrait Gallery, 16 October 1992 – 17 January 1993, Allan Ramsay 1713–1784, no. 23.

Literature

J. Hayes, 'Allan Ramsay at the Royal Academy', The Burlington Magazine, vol. CVI, no. 733, April 1964, p. 190;
A. Smart, Allan Ramsay 1713–1784, exh. cat., Edinburgh 1992, p. 105, cat. no. 23, reproduced;
A. Smart, Allan Ramsay. A complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven and London 1999, p. 78, cat. no. 36, reproduced p. 250, fig. 135.

Catalogue Note

This portrait exemplifies the lively charm and refinement of Ramsay's bust-length portraiture produced during his first years in London, the handling not dissimilar to Hogarth's technique.

Lady Banff was the daughter of William Nisbet of Dirleton and his second wife, Jean Bennet. She married Alexander Ogilvy, Lord Banff, son of Alexander Ogilvy of Forglen, Banffshire, in 1749. Other members of her family, such as her sister Wilhelmina, Countess of Leven and Melville,1 were portrayed by Ramsay and she herself sat to him again in 1747, in a portrait still owned by the family.2

1 See Smart 1999, p. 149, cat. no. 324, reproduced p. 287, fig. 271.
2 See Smart 1999, p. 78, cat. no. 37, reproduced p. 275, fig. 230.

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