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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA1028894: Portraits Of John Ramey (c.1718-1794) And Abigail Ramey (1726-1811) C.1746; Circle Of Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), Oil On Canvas Paintings

Portraits Of John Ramey (c.1718-1794) And Abigail Ramey (1726-1811) C.1746; Circle Of Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), Oil On Canvas Paintings

£11,950    $15,517    €14,191
Portraits of John Ramey (c.1718-1794) and Abigail Ramey (1726-1811) c.1746
 
Circle of Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)
 
These charming husband and wife portraits are accomplished examples of the type of portrait painted in England in the middle of the eighteenth century. The sitters are John Ramey, depicted in a gentlemanly pose for the time, with tricorn hat tucked under his arm, and his wife Abigail Ramey, who is eloquently portrayed wearing a fine oyster silk dress, pearls, and a luxurious azure mantle. The fine treatment of the dress is masterly and compares well with the work of Allan Ramsay.
 
John Ramey (originally spelt Remy) was one of the most remarkable men in eighteenth century Yarnmouth. The son of John Ramey (c.1690-1718), master-mariner, and Margaret (some accounts state her name as Elizabeth), née Pulteney. The father was lost at sea in 1718 and our sitter was brought up by his widowed mother, and on her death in 1758 (aged 64) he erected a monument to her in the Parish church. Ramey started life as an attorney, and his shrewdness and wisdom soon enabled him to take up a leading position. His great ambition was not only to make a fortune, but also to form a Political party in the town with him as leader.
 
He married Abigail, one of the two daughters and eventual co-heirs of William Browne around 1746. Our portraits were probably painted to mark this important event; the fashions, wig, and hairstyle help to date the portraits to circa 1743-49. Abigail was talented in the art of drawing, but curiously, by using a poker. The rooms of Scratby were adorned with copies by her of paintings by Panini, Gisolphi, and others in this peculiar style of art. The author of the Norfolk Tour, published in 1772, described them as “very elegant and extraordinary performances” and that “the neatness and minute accuracy in which they were done, was wonderful”. The couple had two daughters, Lady Caroline Home (1768-1794), Lady Charlotte Sophia Home (1773-1866),...
Antique #SA1028894, showcased on this page, originates from the 18th century. For historical context, the timeline below highlights the period when it was made:
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