DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
 
Hugh RAMSAY | A mountain shepherd (An Italian dwarf)

 
RAMSAY, Hugh
Scotland 1877 – Australia 1906-03-05
Australia 1878-1900, England and France 1900-02, Australia from 1902
A mountain shepherd (An Italian dwarf) 1901
Painting
oil on canvas
167.5 (h) x 110.8 (w) cm
not signed. not dated
Gift of Nell Fullerton, niece of the artist, in memory of her parents, Sir John and Lady Ramsay 1980
NGA 1980.876
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Hugh Ramsay wrote to his father from his Paris studio on 24 December 1901, describing the subject for this work as a ‘mountain shepherd’: ‘I am painting a brigand or something. Supposed to be an Italian Mountain Shepherd, but looks more like a gnome or hobgoblin. He’s a little nuggety dwarf like fierce little cuss, so I keep me ‘verolver’ in my hip pocket, ready. It’s awfully interesting both the man and the costume. I’ve nearly finished’. (Fullerton, 1988)

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