This work is attributed to Alexander George Fraser Snr ARSA, a founding member of the Royal Scottish Academy. Born in Edinburgh in 1785, died in Wood Green, London in February 1865. Painter of domestic and historic genre. Studied at the Trustees Academy under John Graham. In 1810 he began exhibiting at the Royal Academy and settled in London 1813. He was helped greatly by David Wilkie in the painting of still life and other details in his paintings, and Fraser was considered the most accomplished of Wilkie's pupils. In the early 1850s ill health forced him to give up painting. His son, also called Alexander Fraser RSA RSW, was a distinguished artist in his own right.
Illustrated an edition of the Waverley Novels and was known to specialise in historical genre. Fraser exhibited at least two, perhaps three, works of Robinson Crusoe, both at the RA and RSA, and this may be one of them. It dates to around 1840 and is painted on a single piece of thick panel.
He was one of the first Associates of the RSA to be elected, in 1840. Exhibited at the RSA and its predecessors a total of 71 works 1809-1855. Represented in the Tate AG, British Museum, National Gallery of Scotland, Paisley AG and Brodie Castle (NTS).