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Title

(Standing male nude, back view)

(circa 1897)


Artist

Hugh Ramsay

Australia

25 May 1877 - 05 Mar 1906


About

One of the most talented and celebrated of early twentieth century Australian artists, Hugh Ramsay studied in Paris and London before establishing himself in Melbourne, but died prematurely of tuberculosis at 28 years of age. His portraits (including self portraits), figure compositions and still lifes were as admired during his own short life as they have been since. His admiration for the work of the Spanish old master Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) is apparent in all his work. Another life study of the same male figure is on the verso, also in charcoal.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005


Details


Date

(circa 1897)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

black and white pastel on paper


Dimensions

84.2 x 30.1 cm sheet (irreg.); 101.8 x 47.3 x 3.7 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, black charcoal "HR [artist's monogram]". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1994


Location

Not on display


Accession number

610.1994


Artist information

Hugh Ramsay

Artist profile

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 124-125 (colour illus.).

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 24 (illus.). cat.no. 24

Hugh Ramsay: his life and work, Hawthorn East, 1988, 217 (illus.). D59

Look, 'Member events: February 2012', pg. 40-41, Sydney, Feb 2012, 41.