Flora MacDonald by Allan Ramsay © Ashmolean Museum, OxfordAllan Ramsay: Portraits of the Enlightenment is a major exhibition marking 300 years since the birth of Allan Ramsay (1713 - 1784). A selection of the finest portraits from across Ramsay’s 30 years as a painter will be on display, as well as books, letters and other material showing his fascinating place in the cultural and intellectual life of the era. Highlights include portraits of David Hume, Flora MacDonald and The Hunterian’s founder William Hunter and exquisite portraits of aristocrats such as Lady Stanhope, Baroness Holland and Countess Temple.  More

Events Programme

Exhibition Talks

Free lunchtime talks given by acknowledged experts at 12.45pm every Wednesday from 16 October - 18 December 2013 in the Hunterian Art Gallery. Includes free entry to exhibition. No booking required.

A Matter of Taste: Francis Hutcheson and Allan Ramsay
Robin Downie, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Glasgow
16 October

Women of Sense
Anne Dulau, Curator, The Hunterian
23 October

Philosophical Aspects of Ramsay’s pamphlets
Professor Alexander Broadie, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow
30 October

Depictions of dress
Rebecca Quinton, Curator of European Costume and Textiles, Glasgow Museums
6 November

Courting an Audience: the Poet, the Painter, and their Patrons
Melanie Buntin, Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow
13 November

Poet Ramsay and Painter Ramsay: Eighteenth-Century Coteries, Clubs and Academies
Dr Rhona Brown, Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow
20 November

Ramsay and 18th Century Portraiture at Glasgow Museums
Dr Joanne Meacock, Curator of British Art, Glasgow Museums
27 November

A conservator’s observations on the restoration of Ramsay paintings
Brian McLaughlin, Conservator
4 December

Rediscovering Ramsay’s Portraits of Hutcheson: a technical investigation
Dr. Erma Hermens, History of Art, University of Glasgow
11 December

New Thoughts on Ramsay
Campbell, Deputy Director, The Hunterian
18 December


Study Day: Allan Ramsay and the Portraiture of the Enlightenment
Centre for Open Studies
10am–4pm, Saturday 9 November 2013
Hunterian Art Gallery £28

As a Scot, Allan Ramsay capitalised on his background throughout a career which took him to the social, intellectual and cultural heart of the European Enlightenment. Led by exhibition curators Mungo Campbell and Anne Dulau, this study day will build on extensive new research to explore how his portraits reflect Ramsay’s intellectual roots.

Book your place

Tel: 0141 330 1835
Email: openstudies-enquiry@glasgow.ac.uk

Practical Portrait Drawing Class
Centre for Open Studies
5.30pm–8pm, 3 December 2013
Hunterian Art Gallery £20

Finding inspiration within the Hunterian’s collections and Allan Ramsay exhibition, artist Maggie Rammage will lead a practical drawing class reflecting traditional portraiture techniques. This class will be an excellent opportunity to take a closer, practical look at the workof Allan Ramsay.

Book your place

Tel: 0141 330 1835
Email: openstudies-enquiry@glasgow.ac.uk

Public Lecture: Allan Ramsay and Portraiture
in Enlightenment Scotland
5.30pm, 5 December 2013
Hunterian Art Gallery
Free. No booking required

Lecture on Allan Ramsay by Professor Duncan Macmillan.

Conference: Facing Allan Ramsay in his European
Intellectual Context
6 December 2013
Hunterian Art Gallery
One day academic conference

Full programme details to follow

Artist Conversations
Three lively discussions with leading contemporary artists for whom the idea of portraiture is as powerful today as it was in the eighteenth century. Each conversation will present different views of the portrait from the artists own perspective. More details and booking information to follow