The Berger Collection

Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)
Miss Craigie, 1741
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated, 1741
30 x 24 3/4 in. (76 x 63 cm)

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Allan Ramsay painted this portrait of a fresh, exuberant Miss Craigie in 1741. Ten years later, when she was married to John Reid, Ramsay painted her husband’s portrait, also in the Berger Collection. The Scottish-born artist, whom the eighteenth-century connoisseur Horace Walpole called the greatest painter of female portraits, enjoyed success in both Edinburgh and London. In 1761 he was named painter to George III.


By descent in the sitters' family until 1990; Christie's, July 12, 1990, lot 43; Horsendon Manor, Buckinghamshire; Christie's, Horsendon Manor, October 22, 1997, lot 659

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