Portrait of James Ferguson

1776-1786 in United Kingdom

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Painting. [James Ferguson (1710-1776)] / by artist unknown, [c1776 or later?]. Oil on canvas; 76x63.5cm. Portrait of
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Framed oil painting of astronomer and writer James Ferguson (1710-1776) by artist unknown dated to about 1776 or later. It has formerly been attributed to Allan Ramsay and then David Allan.

Ferguson is shown seated in a garret beside a table, a telescope at the window, globe and writings beside him.

This painting appeared in an exhibition of Scottish National Portraits held by the Board of Trustees for Manufactures in Scotland in 1884 in anticipation of a permanent Scottish National Portrait Gallery. At that point it was attributed to Ramsay and lent by a David Munn. It was acquired by the Science Museum in 1996 to accompany the museum's important collection of 'Fergusoniana'.

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oil paint on canvas and walnut veneer, gilt rebate trim
frame: 845 mm x 715 mm x 20 mm,
image: 760 mm x 635 mm
  • visual and verbal communication
  • oil painting - visual work
  • visual and verbal communication

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