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)

Scotland 1877 – Australia 1906-03-05
Australia 1878-1900, England and France 1900-02, Australia from 1902
A mountain shepherd (An Italian dwarf) 1901
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

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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