Museum Highlight

A. Duncan Carse

Before the box room at the museum was converted to its current use, you could take a closer look at this work along with other eclectic objects from the Museum’s collections and was part of the 2017 short self-guided tour of works by past RGA members. [Highlighted: Dec 2017]

Bargain Hunters
by A. Duncan Carse (1875–1938)

Tempera on Canvas
128cm x 87cm
Date: about 1933

RGA member: 1931–1938
(Vice-President 1937–1938)

Reading Museum Accession Number
REDMG : 1939.37.1

A. Duncan Carse (Andreas) was a notable figure and decorative painter of the early 20th century. Bargain Hunters was exhibited at the Reading Guild of Artists Fourth Exhibition, Reading Art Gallery, 1933 November 1st to 30th. A. Duncan Carse often worked on a large scale in great detail using Tempera.

We have this description of his work Mannequins exhibited at the RGA Annual Exhibition in 1935; a picture of ‘epic proportions… in which the Mannequins themselves – flaunting the latest ‘creations’ of early 1930s – were something like a hundred figures, all treated with a faultless sense of perspective, seated at the tables or standing at the back of the crowded restaurant. It is a measure of his skill that he brought it off so well.’

A. Duncan Carse joined the RGA in 1931, serving on its Council 1934–1935, and was made Vice-President in 1937. With his death late in 1938 the RGA was ‘robbed of one of its outstanding exhibitors but also of its Vice-President’.

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