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

  • Movements: Australia from 1878
  • England and France 1900-02

[Self-portrait] c1902 paintings, oil on canvas
Technique: oil on canvas
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
45.8 h x 40.4 w cm
framed (overall) 890 h x 790 w x 105 d mm
Purchased 1965
Accession No: NGA 65.150


  • Life models were an expense that Hugh Ramsay, like many expatriate artists, could not often afford outside their classes at the most popular Académies; Delécluze, Colarossi or Julian. To quench his voracious desire to paint and experiment at every opportunity, Ramsay often depicted himself.

    This is one of over twenty-five self-portraits painted by Ramsay during a period of three years. His bravura brush work and bold use of white paint reveal his growing admiration for London-based, American painter John Singer Sargent’s sumptuous society portraits painted during the late nineteenth century and into the Edwardian era.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
    From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013