London Publish'd Feby. 1790 by T. Gaugain Manor Street, Chelsea.
Colour printed stipple engraving 405 x 510mm 16 x 20 inches image. Trimmed to image, letters and title lost, very good colour of this rare print.
Companion to "Guinea Pigs", Geroge Morland (1763-1804) was an English painter, mainly of scenes from rural life, the son and pupil of Henry Morland (?1716–97), a painter of portraits and fancy pictures who was also a dealer, forger, and restorer. George was precocious and a fluent worker and produced a huge amount of work, in spite of leading a dissolute life and often being drunk, in hiding from his creditors, or in prison. His name is particularly associated with small scenes of middle- and lower-class rural life, usually drawn more from the tavern and the stable than the cottage. The quality of his work is uneven, but at his best he showed a spirited technique and a sure sense of tone. His paintings became extremely popular and he was much imitated and forged; numerous prints were made after his work, some of them by his brother-in-law William Ward. With Wheatley and Ibbetson he established the village scene in the English painter's repertory.
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