Son of Allan Ramsay the poet, Allan junior showed a precocious
talent for drawing. After three years study in Rome he
established himself as one of the most successful and talented
portrait painters, and by the time he moved to London in 1762
he was a rich man whose reputation was secure. He was appointed
George IIIs portrait painter five years later. He moved
to Italy in his later years and died at Dover on his way home
during a bout of homesickness.