- Allan Ramsay 1713–1784
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 770 x 640 mm
- Purchased 1992
Portraying a sitter within an imitation stone oval - echoing the oval form of most British portrait miniatures - was still in vogue in the first decades of the eighteenth century. The Scottish-born artist Allan Ramsay returned from a period of study in Italy in 1738 and immediately became London's most acclaimed portrait painter. Martha Mellish was born into a substantial land-owning family in Blyth, Nottinghamshire, and married Daniel Baker of Penn in Buckinghamshire.
Gallery label, August 2004
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