Ramsay, John (1768-1845)
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We do not know when General John Ramsay visited Derbyshire, although the detail in his sketch of St Giles Church in Matlock, suggests it was sometime after 1803. Ramsay was a soldier and the son of the artist Allan Ramsay. As a boy he accompanied his father on a Grand Tour in 1782 and later went on to become a collector of antiquities and art. He was painted in miniature by Francois Ferriere in 1794 (National Galleries Scotland, PG 1748).
The sketch shows St Giles Church as it was, sometime between 1803 and the artist’s death in 1845. The East window was blown in by a gale in 1803 and the window shown in the sketch looks like the nineteenth-century repair. The church was later remodelled in 1859.
- Medium: Pen And Ink Wash
- Institution: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
- Dimensions: 198 x 155mm
- Accession number: DERSB : 2016.8.3
- Acknowledgements: Thanks to Angela Neale and John Drackley for their assistance in dating this image.
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