Herod Looking at the Head of John the Baptist
Herod Looking at the Head of John the Baptist


Herod Looking at the Head of John the Baptist

c. 1900 United Kingdom

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Carse was born to Norwegian and Scottish parents and worked as an artist, designer, muralist and illustrator.

This early work dates to c.1900 and was executed when the young artist was clearly influenced by the work of the Arts and Crafts movement. The technique of sgraffito drawing saw a resurgence of interest c.1890 to 1915 and was pioneered by the British artist and designer Heywood Sumner. Carse’s subject matter at this time showed his concern with late Pre Raphaelite themes such as his first Royal Academy exhibit, Here, Here Edmund of East Anglia (present location unknown) and his large Arts and Crafts oil on canvas The Viking Ship (collection of Russell Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth).

In 1907 he made his first visit to the USA where he was to produce some major decorative schemes including those for John S Phipps’ Westbury House and a group of ceiling decorations for the Detroit Athletic Club. On his return to London he held an exhibition of fan designs painted on silk at the Fine Art Society.

In 1912 he illustrated and edition of Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairytales and Lucy M Scott’s Dewdrops from Fairyland. He exhibited with the British Council at the Venice Biennale in 1912, at the Royal Academy from 1904 and then regularly between 1922 and 1938. He also exhibited at the Fine Art Society and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. His two large works Birds of the Old World and Birds of the New World were selected by Cunard in 1933 to furnish their new flagship liner, the Queen Mary.

His work is represented in the collection of Reading Museum and Art Gallery, where a memorial exhibition was held in 1939.

His son was the explorer Duncan Carse.
Reading Art Gallery, Duncan Carse Memorial Exhibition, 1939.
Height 34.50 cm (13.58 inches)
Width 17.00 cm (6.69 inches)
External Height 53.00 cm (20.87 inches)
External Width 34.50 cm (13.58 inches)
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Sgraffito drawing on panel
Signed with monogram
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