About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Tell us what you think.

John Brown

John Brown