Hugh RAMSAY, Paris rooftops Enlarge 1 /1


Glasgow, Scotland 1877 – Clydebank', Essendon, Melbourne , Victoria, Australia 1906

  • Australia from 1878
  • England and France 1900-02

Paris rooftops 1901 Place made: Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, France
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Dimensions: 46.0 h x 36.0 w cm framed (overall) 655 h x 550 w x 90 d mm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2011
Accession No: NGA 2011.1281
  • With the artist until his death in 1906.
  • By descent to Patricia Fullerton, the grand-niece of the artist, and author of the biography, ‘Hugh Ramsay, life and art’ (1966).
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, 2001.

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