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).
Wingfield Manor was a medieval manor house built in the 1440s. It was deserted around the 1770s and later fell into disrepair however it was not a major attraction for artists and visitors in search of the picturesque. John Robert Cozens sketched the manor on his tour in 1772 (National Library Wales) as did Samuel Hieronymus Grimm in 1773 (British Library).
- Medium: Pencil Sketch
- Institution: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
- Dimensions: 198 x 155mm
- Accession number: DERSB : 2016.8.5
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