All artist information on lots 137-202 see Groce and Wallace, The New-York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America: 1564-1860 (New Haven, 1957).
A native of and trained in Ireland, John Ramage came to Boston via Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was working in as a miniaturist by 1774. His Loyalist sympathies during the American Revolution forced him to flee Boston in 1776. By 1777, however, Ramage returned to the rebelling colonies, and worked successfully as a portrait miniaturist in New York City between 1777 and 1794. In 1794, Ramage moved to Montreal where he remained for the duration of his life.