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Past Sales

(Nude Study - Young Girl Reclining)
Portrait of a Lady
Hillside Bush Landscape C. 1897

Sales by Medium

Sold 33 works for
Works on Paper
Sold 10 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by Hugh Ramsay

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Deutscher and Hackett
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Leonard Joel
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Hugh Ramsay was born in Glasgow 1877 and arrived in Australia in 1878. He studied painting in the National Gallery of Victoria School in Melbourne from 1894-99 and in Paris at the Academie Colarossi from 1900-02. He was also an organist and choirmaster at the Congregational Church, Ascot Vale. As a runner-up for the National Gallery of Victoria Travelling Scholarship in 1899, he became a travelling companion for G. W. Lambert who had won the scholarship that year and they subsequently spent much time copying old master paintings together in the Louvre. Ramsay went to Paris in 1900 and was very successful at the New Salon, having four of his five pictures accepted in 1902. He contracted tuberculosis and returned to Melbourne. Ramsay died in 1906 at the height of his career, having been an active artist for only 10 years. A self-portrait is in the National Gallery.

We have records of art auction sales by Hugh Ramsay from 1967 and in total 67 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 43 (64%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $88,625 for Portrait of a Woman in White sold by Sotheby's in September 2005. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2022. Works by Hugh Ramsay are held by the National Gallery of Australia, Ian Potter Museum of Art and a further seven major public national galleries (see list below).

Hugh Ramsay is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 810

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

No, ineligible. The artist has been deceased for more than 70 years.

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