(Study of a Young Woman’s Head)

Hugh Ramsay

Ramsay Study Woman's Head
(Study of a Young Woman’s Head) by Hugh Ramsay


Hugh Ramsay
(Study of a Young Woman’s Head)
oil on canvas
36 x 30 cm

signed lower left: HR

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the artist
Mr Gill, Fine Art Society, Melbourne, c.1929
Amy Lambert
Artarmon Galleries, Sydney
Sir Leon and Lady Trout, Brisbane, purchased from the above 1964
The Collection of Sir Leon and Lady Trout, Christie’s, 6 June 1989, lot 134 (as Portrait Study)
private collection, Queensland
corporate collection, Tasmania


Fullerton, Patricia, Hugh Ramsay, His Life and Work, Hudson, Melbourne 1988, cat. no. 127, illus. p. 204

Further Information

Amy and George Lambert shared a close relationship with Ramsay since meeting on their voyage to Europe in 1900.  In Paris they lived nearby, studying at Colarossi’s atelier and frequenting galleries, notably the Louvre where they admired the works of the Old Masters.  

“Lambert was one of his most enthusiastic admirers…he set himself to build up his own technique on similar lines.  Their friendship was invaluable to both, their arguments endless, and the companionship in studio and galleries most stimulating.”¹

In 1929, when her ship to London made an unscheduled stop in Melbourne, Amy’s Lambert’s regard for Ramsay led her to visit the National Gallery of Victoria in the hope of purchasing some reproductions of his work. She described how a chance meeting with “Mr. Gill of the Fine Art Society”, led to him presenting her with a “little painting, the head of an Italian girl, painted in Paris.”²

Patricia Fullerton

¹. Lambert, Amy, Thirty Years of an Artist’s Life: G.W. Lambert, A.R.A. Society of Artists, Sydney, 1938. p. 29

². Lambert, (1938), p. 185

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