The Lady in Blue (Mr and Mrs J.S. MacDonald) (1902). Hugh Ramsay (Australian, 1877-1906). Oil on canvas. Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Nellie Melba suggested that Ramsay come to London to paint her portrait. Accordingly, he went and stayed with John Longstaff at St Johns Wood. He had four works accepted for the British Colonial Art exhibition at the Royal Institute Galleries, including Lady in Blue, the portrait of Mr and Mrs MacDonald. Ramsay was interested in the overall harmony and balance of the composition.