Born in Perth to a local china merchant, Ramsay was educated at Perth Academy before studying carpet design with Coates Bros. in Dunkeld Road, Perth. He enrolled at Glasgow School of Art where he won the Haldane Prize, using the £50 award to travel and paint around Europe. During the First World War Ramsay joined the 4th Battalion Black Watch, seeing action on the Western Front near Ypres in Belgium. In 1917 he was seriously wounded in the left lung by a shell. After the war, Ramsay set up his studio in Charlotte Street, Perth swiftly becoming a nationally renowned portraitist and figure-painter. He was fascinated by the effect of artificial light on his subjects and was celebrated for his sense of colour.

  • Material/Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Date: 1924
  • Creator: David Prophet Ramsay
  • Accession number: 16/190
  • Category: Fine Art
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