The Open Air Preacher

Alexander Carse


This work may be The Itinerant Preacher, which Carse exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1812. 

  • Artist

    Alexander Carse

  • Date

    c. 1812

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Object number


  • Dimensions unframed

    64 × 87.5 cm

  • Dimensions framed

    79.5 × 103 × 4.5 cm


Alexander Carse, c. 1770-1843

A native of Edinburgh, Carse was a pupil of and an assistant to a genre painter David Allan. In 1801, after several years producing topographical views and book illustrations in watercolour or gouache, he decided to enrol as a student at the city's Trustee's Academy, where the young David Wilkie was also a pupil. Thereafter Carse specialised in genre and country scenes executed in oil. In 1812 he followed Wilkie to London, possibly hoping to emulate the latter's success there. But it was not to be, and he returned to Edinburgh in 1820. Hs painting is coarser and his humour less subtle than Wilkie's.