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Oil painting - An unknown young man
  • An unknown young man
    Ramsay, Allan, born 1713 - died 1784
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An unknown young man

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    18th century (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ramsay, Allan, born 1713 - died 1784 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Claude D. Rotch

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at Osterley Park House, London

Physical description

Half-length portrait of a young man, turned slightly to right but looking to left; left hand tucked inside breast of coat, with a tricorne hat held underarm, and right hand tucked inside coat pocket. The sitter's hair is powdered and curled and tied back in a black bow; he wears a white cravat with frills and a brown coat edged with gold brocade.

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)


18th century (painted)


Ramsay, Allan, born 1713 - died 1784 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas


Height: 75.6 cm, Width: 63.2 cm

Object history note

This painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy, ‘European Masters of the 18th century’. 1954-5 (No.19) as attributed to Allan Ramsay. According to the catalogue of the exhibition, an attribution to Pompeo Batoni has also been suggested. Reproduced in the Illustrated London News, 15 January 1955. This painting is in a contemporary English carved frame.

Descriptive line

Portrait, half-length, of an unknown young man. Oil painting by Allan Ramsay, 18th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1962. London: HMSO, 1964.
European Masters of the Eighteenth Century, London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1954


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Man; Embroidering; Tricorne


Paintings; Portraits; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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