Glasgow, Scotland 1877 – Clydebank', Essendon, Melbourne , Victoria, Australia 1906
- Movements: Australia from 1878
- England and France 1900-02
Painting, oil on canvas
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
45.8 h x 40.4 w cm
Framed 890 h x 790 w x 105 d mm
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 2010