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Alexander Carse

The Penny Wedding

Old and young women and men dance in this crowded, boisterous scene of revelry at a Scottish country wedding. Alongside food and drink, dance is a key element of the marriage celebrations. This picture's title refers to the custom whereby guests at a wedding party contributed to its costs and helped the married couple to set up home together. Like his precursor David Allan and his younger, brilliant contemporary David Wilkie, Carse was attracted to the joyful vitality of his native country's festive customs. Such lively scenes of everyday life proved popular with aristocratic patrons and exhibition visitors based in London.

  • Credits Purchased with the aid of the Cowan Smith Bequest Fund, 2008
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 34.75 x 51.75 in.; 88.20 x 131.50 cm

Folk Dance

Folk dance is a term used to describe the dances practised at social gatherings which were not originally intended for public performance. These dances were normally passed down between generations and learnt by informal means.