1872 Australian Colonial Oil Landscape by J.H. Carse, (C1818-1900)
James Howe Carse was born 1818 or 1819 in Scotland to a painter father, Alexander. James studied at the Royal Scottish Academy, where his father had been a founding member. He exhibited in the UK, won a gold medal in Chicago and rose to be described as the "best painter" in the colony o f New South Wales. He arrived in Australia probably in 1867. By 1869 Carse had visited both Australia and New Zealand, and an exhibition of his new work was shown at the Melbourne Public Library. By 1876 he had helped to found Melbourne's Victorian Academy of Art and the New South Wales Academy of Art, and he had been awarded numerous prizes and awards. In that year he was described in New South Wales as the "perhaps the best painter in the colony" and his work was selling at 30 guineas a painting. In 1880 he joined a group who left the Academy of Art to create the Art Society of New South Wales. Carse was author to a large number of paintings. This painting is inscribed "J.A. Carse 1872 Melbourne" on the stretcher. J.A. Carse is one of his recognised aliases. While this painting is broadly similar to many of his, the herons, I think, are particularly charming.
See McCulloch for more details. Represented National Gallery of Victoria, National Library of Australia, and others.
The modern gilt frame is 87 cm tall and 75 cm wide.
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