Edwin Alexander followed in his father’s footsteps as an animal painter. At the age of seventeen he accompanied his father and Glasgow Boy, Joseph Crawhall, on a sketching trip to Tangier. Here the atmosphere of the Arab world became his subject and he later moved to Egypt where he lived for several years. When Alexander married in 1904, he settled in Musselburgh and dedicated himself to wildlife painting. He was a meticulous painter and his interest in Japanese art led him to experiment with alternative materials such as sugar paper or fabric.