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Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)
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Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)

Portrait of Andrew Wauchope of Niddrie (1711-1784), half-length, in a grey coat and silver waistcoat, feigned oval

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Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)
Portrait of Andrew Wauchope of Niddrie (1711-1784), half-length, in a grey coat and silver waistcoat, feigned oval
signed and dated 'A. Ramsay 1745' (lower right)
oil on canvas
30¼ x 25 in. (76.8 x 63.5 cm.)
in a contemporary carved and gilded frame
Provenance
by descent in the the sitter's family at Niddrie-Merschell, Edinburgh, until 1950; Wauchope Settlement Trust Sale, Christie's, London, 12 May 1950, lot 84 (80 guineas to Doig, Wilson & Wheatley, Edinburgh on behalf of the current owner).
Literature
A. Smart, Allan Ramsay: A complete catalogue of his paintings, London, 1991, p.193, no.532, fig.332, dated 174[9].
F. Russell, 'Confidence and Taste: The Blairquhan Collection', Country Life, 14 August 1986, p.502, fig.1.
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Lot Essay

The sitter was the son of James Wauchope, an Edinburgh merchant, and he succeeded his cousin to the estates of Niddrie-Merschell in 1726. In 1734, he married Helen, daughter of Andrew Hume of Kimmerghame, whose pendant portrait by Ramsay was also sold in 1950 (lot 84) (dated 1749; A. Smart, op.cit, p.193, no.534). The sitter's great-granddaughter married Sir Edward Hunter Blair, 4th bt., and the current painting entered the Blairquhan collection in 1950.
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