Both of the Ramsays (father and son) had an association with the Jacobite cause which has come into renewed prominence since the rediscovery of the portrait of Charles Edward Stuart, now attributed to Allan Ramsay, junior.

See this news article.

The project will offer new information reflecting - whether positively or negatively - on the Jacobitism of both Ramsays. Allan Ramsay junior later became Principal Painter in Ordinary to George III in 1761.

Our partner Lucinda Lax, Senior Curator of 18th century collections in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, has published on some of the artwork surrounding the Jacobite presence in Edinburgh during Ramsay's lifetime. They are:

  • ‘The Bonnie Prince in Print: Robert Strange’s Everso Missus Print and the Politics of the ’45’, Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History, vol. 22, 2017-2018: 15-22
  • ‘The Lost Portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’, in David Forsyth (ed.), Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, exh. cat., Edinburgh: National Museums Scotland, 2017, pp.127-39