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Lewis A Ramsey
Painting - Oil On Canvas Board
Elizabeth Patterson Hunter, 1822-1914. She is shown knitting, wearing spectacles, a white striped shawl, black blouse and a gridded white dress or apron. This is a black and white photograph of the L. A. Ramsey original, painted in 1910, colorized by Ramsey himself.
Scottish emigrant, Mormon pioneer, grandmother of Ramsey’s wife, Bessie. She is in her late 80’s or early 90’s. She crossed the plains to the Salt Lake valley on foot while pregnant, giving birth to twins when she arrived. She was known for winning Scottish dancing competitions as late as in her early eighties.
One day, L. A. Ramsey said to his wife’s grandma Hunter, “Grandma, I’d like to paint your portrait.” She said, “Alright”, with her rolling Scottish ‘r’s. She sat down, threw her shawl back over her shoulders and started to knit. That was just the pose Lewis wanted. So he started “throwing the paint” as he later described the haste in which he painted. (He often used this phrase for when he had just what he wanted and was painting as fast as he possibly could to get the ideas down before he forgot them or the scene changed).
After Grandma sat for quite awhile knitting, she looked up and said in her Scottish brogue “Lewis, will this knittin’ show?” He said “Yes, it will, Grandma.” Then she said, “Well, just a minute, I dropped a stitch!”
Unfortunately this colorized photo was lost in a fire near the end of 2011.
December 4th, 2011
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