About this artwork

Carse first exploring the theme of the country tavern over a decade prior to painting this picture. Despite the potential vulgarity of such low-life subjects, which included scenes of riotous behaviour and drunkenness, Carse secured at least one prominent aristocratic purchaser, Lord Gray of Kinfauns, a collector of Old Master and modern British painting. Sophisticated patrons such as Gray would have recognised Carse’s appropriation of the sixteenth and seventeenth century South Netherlandish scenes on the theme of ale houses, village fetes or ‘kermis’ and peasant weddings. Carse, however, updated the theme by including contemporary clothing and located his scenes in Scotland with typical indigenous architecture.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Alexander CarseScottish (about 1770 - 1843)
  • title:
    A Brawl outside an Ale House
  • date created:
    Dated 1822
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    43.20 x 53.40 cm; Framed: 58.00 x 68.00 x 6.50 cm / 8.00 kg
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1935
  • accession number:
    NG 1828
  • gallery:
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Alexander Carse

Alexander Carse