Stirling Castle and Distant Ben Lomond
Size without frame: 11x15
Born in Edinburgh, painter in oil of portraits and landscapes. In 1774, when he was still only sixteen, his work came to the attention of Allan Ramsay who took the young Nasmyth to London as his assistant. Ramsay was a great collector of Old Masters and the young Nasmyth became acquainted with the landscapes of Claude, Cuyp and Ruisdael. He returned to Edinburgh in 1785, becoming friendly with the poet, Robert Burns, whose portrait he painted in 1787. There is no doubt that the poet and the artist each influenced the other in their interpretation and love of nature and general attitude to life. In the early 1790s he established a drawing school – among his early pupils was Andrew Robertson of Aberdeen who referred to Nasmyth as ‘the first landscape painter in Edinburgh, or even in Britain.’
Represented in National Gallery, National Gallery of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, as well as at several National Trust properties.