Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a lady, traditionally identified as Jenny Cameron of Lochiel 1740c.

Allan Ramsay (1713-84)

Portrait of a lady, traditionally identified as Jenny Cameron of Lochiel, Allan Ramsay
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Oil on canvas
18th Century
30 x 25 inches 76.2 x 63.5 cm
 
One of Ramsay's many talents was his ability to reframe the conventional modes of portraiture, to take an existing format like the half-length portrait in a feigned oval as practised by contemporaries such as Thomas Hudson, and imbue it with a new almost continental elegance, and replace the stock mask of mid eighteenth century portraiture with an enquiring and sophisticated gaze.

If the sitter in this portrait is indeed the celebrated Jacobite, daughter of Hugh Cameron of Lochiel this uncompromising almost masculine gaze is especially fitting and especially well captured, since she was as loyal and as useful a servant of Prince Charles Edward Stuart during the '45 Uprising as any clansman.
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