Over the past few months of our present “solitude,” I have found ways in which to travel the world virtually to faraway art galleries. With travel curtailed and libraries, museums and art galleries closed or on reduced hours, I am grateful to all of those who work tirelessly to bring the world of art and knowledge to our homes.
The National Galleries Scotland has an extraordinary collection of short videos that prompt a deeper look into the background of an artist. I was especially taken by the portrait of Margaret Lindsay of Evelick.
This is a love story. And who can resist a romance?
Allan and Margaret Ramsay lived a long and happy life together. Margaret may have lost her father’s love, but she embarked on a life of great adventure, traveling to Rome, Florence, Naples and Tivoli. They had three children, Amelia, Charlotte, and John, who lived into old age. Margaret risked everything for love and, in so doing, found her place in history.
“Allan Ramsay was one of the first Scottish artists to establish a truly international reputation. Named after his father, the renowned Scottish poet, Allan Ramsay trained in Edinburgh and London and completed his artistic education in Italy. In 1738 he established a successful studio in London, eventually becoming painter to King George III in 1761. Although his career was based in London, he made several extended trips back to Edinburgh where he also kept a studio and maintained contact with some of the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment.”