The Artist Up Close: Portraits of Scottish Artists from the Prints and Drawings Collection

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EDINBURGH.- This spring The Artist Up Close brings together a broad range of portraits of some of Scotland’s most admired artists created by themselves, their friends or family. The display includes prints and drawings from the National collection spanning the last 300 years. Portraits of Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and Sir David Wilkie are shown alongside modern artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi, Anne Redpath, and Alan Davie. Whilst these artists’ names and work may be familiar, this display will put their faces and personalities in the picture. The exhibition contains many insightful self portraits. A striking image of Allan Ramsay (1713 – 1784) at the age of 20 already depicts a young, confident man who went on to become one of the most successful portrait painters in the 18th century. Another fascinating sketch is possibly the earliest surviving work