Rev. Alexander Carlyle, 1722 - 1805. Divine and pamphleteer

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Rev. Alexander Carlyle, 1722 - 1805. Divine and pamphleteer
  • Scottish Art
At least two artists are known to have drawn the profile of Alexander Carlyle. His friends nicknamed him 'Jupiter' (the king of the gods) because of the nobility of his bearing and features. He was ordained in 1745 and was minister of Inveresk, near Edinburgh, from 1748 until his death. He belonged to the liberal wing of the Church of Scotland and was a friend of some of the great figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, for example, David Hume and Adam Smith.

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A philosophical movement of the 18th century that emphasised the use of reason to question established beliefs and traditions. Associated ideas included a greater sense of individualism, a belief in human progress and an equation of God with the laws of nature.



  • Acc. No. PG 1975
  • Medium Pencil on paper
  • Size 60.60 x 41.60 cm (framed: 75.00 x 63.00 x 8.20 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1961