Hume and Smith together with Ramsay founded an Edinburgh debating society. When Rousseau was staying with Hume in London, he painted his portrait wearing his so-called Armenian costume. Ramsay visited Voltaire twice, and formed with Adam a group of friends in Rome, including Piranesi. Nasmyth was a pupil. Hogarth advertised that buyers of his ‘An Analysis of Beauty’ would get a copy of his friend Ramsay’s ‘Dialogue on Taste’ free.