Glasgow, Scotland 1877 – Clydebank', Essendon, Melbourne , Victoria, Australia 1906
Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, France
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas
For Hugh Ramsay, travelling abroad to study and seek further exposure was always a given. At the age of 23 years, having just missed out on a travelling scholarship, Ramsay sailed for Europe with meagre savings.
He wrote copious letters home from his Paris studio about living abroad for the first time. He described the sensation of viewing works by European Old Masters, joked about bohemian beards and Parisian cats, and wrote of homesickness and his suffering caused by lack of money. Ramsay returned to Melbourne in 1903 in an attempt to recover from tuberculosis; he died three years later.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013