1877 25 May: born in Glasgow.
1878 Ramsay family sails to Melbourne.
1891 dux of Essendon Grammar.
1893 beginning of the Depression.
1894 enters NationalGallerySchool. Studies under Frederick McCubbin.
1895 admitted to PaintingSchool under Bernard Hall. At the Annual
Student Exhibition wins 1st prize for painting.
1896 mother dies. Ramsay develops a passion for Keats’s poetry. Wins
1st prize for 2 paintings and a drawing. Ramsay beaten by George
Coates in the Travelling Scholarship competition.
1897 visits his brother in Tasmania, where he paints landscapes. Forgoes
2 terms at the NationalGallerySchool and rents a studio at 312
Flinders St where he gives lessons. Paints Jessie with doll.
At the Annual Student Exhibition wins 1st prize for 2 paintings.
1898 Annual Student Exhibition wins 1st prize for a painting and a
1899 Lischen Muller attends classes at Ramsay’s studio and becomes the
model for the Keats-inspired painting Consolation, with George
Bell as the other subject.
Annual Student Exhibition wins 1st prize for a painting.
Runner-up to Max Meldrum in the Travelling Scholarship
Competition. Leaves the GallerySchool.
1900 Art Union raffle of Ramsay’s paintings held to raise money to send
him abroad. He becomes unofficially engaged to Lischen Muller.
Sails to England, meeting George and Amy Lambert, who become
Close friends. Visits Scotland.
1901 returns to London, then to Paris, where he shares a studio with
James MacDonald. Enrols at the Academie Colarossi and is joined
there by Lambert. Submits 2 paintings to the Old Salon, where his
painting of MacDonald is accepted. Studies the Old Masters in the
Louvre and also Whistler’s works. Paints from dawn till late at
Night, experimenting with self-portraiture.
1902 has 4 works accepted and hung at the New Salon. Patterson
introduces him to Melba, who commissions Ramsay to paint
her portrait. Ramsay goes to London, is entertained by Melba and
starts her portrait. Visits the RoyalAcademy and New Gallery,
where he is impressed by John Sargent. Tuberculosis is diagnosed
and Ramsay is advised to return to Melbourne. The Melba portrait
is unfinished. In August he arrives in Melbourne and rests at
‘Clydebank’. Ramsay paints portraits of Jessie, Madge and
Lischen. Melba, recently arrived in Melbourne, holds a 3-day
Exhibition of Ramsay’s works at ‘Myoora’, her house in Toorak.
This was the only solo show of Ramsay’s work in his lifetime.
1903 six of Ramsay’s works hung at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Melba commissions him to paint her father and Nellie Patterson.
His health declines and he is sent to rest in rural Victoria.
1904 exhibits 5 works at the Victorian Artists’ Society Annual
Exhibition, including Lady with a fan and The sisters. He breaks
his engagement to Lischen Muller and returns to the countryside.
1905 from January to August is confined to bed.
1906 5th March dies at ‘Clydebank’.