soldportrait of lt gen the hon george ramsay by sir john baptist medina

SOLD....Portrait of Lt. Gen. the Hon. George Ramsay, by Sir John Baptist Medina


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POA

Item Ref

8477

Description

Oil on canvas in fine quality 17th century carved and silver-gilt frame. (Although now rarely seen, at one point in the seventeenth century silver-gilt frames were very fashionable; Samuel Pepys had all his paintings framed so.)
An excellent portrait of THE HON. GEORGE RAMSAY of Carriden, 3rd. son of William, Earl of Dalhousie and Lady Anne Fleming.
Born into an ancient martial family, he became famous as a gallant soldier; he fought in the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689, where he commanded Wauchope's Regiment of Foot. He fought in the Battle of Landon, where he commanded the Scots Guards, whom he also commanded at the Battle of Steenkirk. He became Commander-in-Chief of the forces in Scotland in 1702.
Ramsay had married a lady of the Buckden family and their seat was Carriden House, Linlithgow, Scotland. They has one child, Jean.
George Ramsay died in 1705.
A three quarter length portrait of Ramsay can be seen at Drumlanrig Castle.
Mackay, in his 'Memoirs', describes him as 'a gentleman of a great deal of fire, very brave, and a thorough soldier'.
SIR JOHN BAPTIST MEDINA (1669-1710). Portrait and history painter; from a Spanish family, but born in Brussels. Knighted in Scotland in 1707. He had come to London in c.1686 and became well-known. Under the patronage of the Earl of Melville (later Earl of Leven), he moved to Edinburgh and had immense success; in fact, his success in Scotland was as great as that of Kneller in London.
SIZE: 38.25 x 33.5 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Sussex
Verso; old label 'Hugh Panton, Princes Street, Edinburgh'
Internal Ref: 8477



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