Rev. Thomas Chalmers, 1780 - 1847. Preacher and social reformer
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Rev. Thomas Chalmers, 1780 - 1847. Preacher and social reformer about 1830
  • Scottish Art
Chalmers was a preacher and social reformer. He was on the evangelical side of the Church of Scotland and led the breakaway group that formed the Free Church in 1843. Chalmers was famous for the intensity with which he preached. One American witness described how Chalmers 'throws himself forward as if he would pitch headlong out of the pulpit'. Edouart's silhouette, thrusting across the paper, captures something of the alarming physical nature of these performances.

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Evangelicalism

A branch of Protestant Christianity which emphasises the authority of the Bible and the achievement of personal conversion.

Silhouette

Images showing an outline with no internal detail set against a contrasting background. It is specifically used for portraits of this type cut from paper.

Evangelicalism, Silhouette

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 1211
  • Medium Cut paper on watercolour background
  • Size 27.60 x 18.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1933