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Regarded as one of Britain's most accomplished 18th century artists, this exhibition focuses on the portrait paintings for which Allan Ramsay is best known.

Born in Edinburgh in 1713, Ramsay's career took him from a small Scottish clientele to the Hanoverian court of King George III.

His distinctive approach to portrait painting set him apart from other artists working at the time and was noted for its elegant style.

The exhibition centres on portraits from across Ramsay’s 30-year career and also features a selection of drawings and watercolours.

Away from his studio, Ramsay befriended a number of influential figures and began writing on matters such as taste, politics and archaeology.

As such, the display will also include published books, pamphlets, letters and other materials which demonstrate his place in the cultural life of Edinburgh, London, Paris and Rome in the mid 18th century.

The Hunterian

University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G12 8QQ

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The Hunterian Museum returns to normal opening hours from 11 June. The Hunterian Art Gallery will partially reopen on 11 June with all spaces* open from 9 July.

*The Mackintosh House remains closed for now. We will provide updates as soon as possible.

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A range of safety measures have been put in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines. As well as pre-booked timed entry, we have introduced hand sanitising stations, screens at our welcome desks, enhanced cleaning and one way routes to help with physical distancing. We would ask all our visitors to wear a face covering to minimise any risk.

*The Mackintosh House remains closed for now because of physical distancing guidelines. We’re sorry about that but will keep you updated and give you a reopening date as soon as possible.

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