30 November 2019 – 29 March 2020 | free

Hugh Ramsay was an accomplished Australian artist whose portrait paintings achieved success here and in France before his untimely death at 28. This retrospective brings together paintings, drawings, sketchbooks and letters from collections around the country to celebrate his achievements.

Hugh Ramsay
Miss Nellie Patterson
oil on canvas
Purchased 1966

Displaying a passion for art early on, Ramsay entered the National Gallery School in Melbourne at 16. Spending time in Paris as a young man, he worked from a studio in Montparnasse for much of 1901–02 and had four paintings selected for the New Salon in Paris in 1902, an exceptional feat for an emerging artist.

Hugh Ramsay
Madge 1902

oil on canvas
Gift of Janet and John Wicking in memory of Madge, Janet's mother and Hugh Ramsay's sister 1996

Hugh Ramsay
oil on canvas
Purchased 1965

Ramsay was close to his family and featured them in his work, the most notable being those of his sisters, Jessie, Margaret and Nell. Two of them feature in one of his most accomplished paintings, Two girls in white (or The sisters) 1904. Other paintings in the exhibition have not been shown in a retrospective context before.

Hugh Ramsay
Two girls in white 1904, also known as The sisters
oil on canvas on hardboard
Purchased 1921
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Exhibition tours

Weekends and public holidays
11.30 am
Join a gallery guide for a 45 minute tour of the exhibition to gain insights into Hugh Ramsay's work and life.

Exhibition Patrons

Colin Hindmarsh and Barbara Hindmarsh

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