(b. 1713, Edinburgh, d. 1784, Dover)

Queen Charlotte with her Two Children

c. 1765
Oil on canvas, 249 x 162 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor

Ramsay painted numerous portraits of distinguished personages in a style that anticipated Sir Joshua Reynolds' grand manner, but his more lasting reputation rests on his less formal and more intimate studies. His portraits of women are especially notable for the warmth, tenderness, and bloom of their presentation, as well as for the technical facility with which lace and ruffles are reproduced. The influence of French Rococo portraiture is clear in the lightness and unpretentious elegance of these works.