This portrait was probably commissioned to commemorate the children's mother, who had died in October 1741. To the right is Thomas Mansel. At his side are his eldest half brother Shovel and sister Mary. The youngest child, John, is seated at the left, smiling towards the viewer.
Thomas, 2nd Baron Mansel of Margam with his Blackwood Half-Brothers and Sister
1245 x 1003 mm
Oil paint on canvas
Date of work
Currently on display at Tate Britain. Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund (Woodroffe Bequest), the Friends of the Tate Gallery, the Mail on Sunday through the Friends of Tate Gallery, Arthur Young, Mrs Sue Hammerson and others 1988.
Ramsay was born in Edinburgh. His father, also Allan Ramsay, was an important Scottish poet from whom the younger Ramsay inherited a tradition of strong nationalistic pride. Ramsay Junior was instrumental in formulating a native Scottish style of painting, as his father had done for poetry. After a lucrative career in Italy (mostly in Rome), Ramsay settled in London, but remained active in Edinburgh. During his prime period he had a virtual monopoly on court painting.