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George Morland Sixteen examples in colour of the artist's work by Edward D. Cuming

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BRITISH ARTISTS

GEORGE MORLAND

[Illustration: The Dipping Well (Cover Page)]

IN THE SAME SERIES

BIRKET FOSTER, R.W.S. JOHN PETTIE, R.A., H.R.S.A. KATE GREENAWAY

A. AND C. BLACK . SOHO SQUARE . LONDON, W.

AGENTS

AMERICA THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 64 & 66 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK

AUSTRALASIA OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 205 FLINDERS LANE, MELBOURNE

CANADA THE MACMILLAN COMPANY OF CANADA, LTD. ST. MARTIN'S HOUSE, 70 BOND STREET, TORONTO

INDIA MACMILLAN & COMPANY, LTD. MACMILLAN BUILDING, BOMBAY 309 BOW BAZAAR STREET, CALCUTTA

[Illustration: Confidences]

GEORGE MORLAND

SIXTEEN EXAMPLES IN COLOUR OF THE ARTIST'S WORK

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY E. D. CUMING

[Illustration]

PUBLISHED BY A. & C. BLACK 4, 5 & 6 SOHO SQUARE, LONDON MCMX

LIST OF PLATES

OWNER OF ORIGINAL

1. Confidences Mrs. Carl Meyer

2. Idleness Sir Edward Tennant, Bart.

3. Diligence "

4. Belinda, Billet Doux T. J. Barratt, Esq.

5. The Effects of Youthful Extravagance and Idleness Sir Walter Gilbey, Bart.

[A]6. The Dipping Well "

7. The Deserter's Farewell "

8. The Deserter Pardoned Barnet Lewis, Esq.

9. The Fox Inn Sir Walter Gilbey, Bart.

10. Gathering Sticks "

11. Morning; or, The Benevolent Sportsman J. Beecham, Esq.

12. Farmyard T. J. Barratt, Esq.

13. Gipsies in a Wood Sir Walter Gilbey, Bart.

14. Evening; or, The Post Boy's Return Lord Swaythling

15. Winter: Skating Sir Walter Gilbey, Bart.

16. Justice; or, The Merciless Bailiff "

[A] On the cover

GEORGE MORLAND

(Born June 26, 1763; died October 29, 1804)

The son of Henry Robert, who combined with the exercise of the painter's art the work of cleaning and restoring old pictures, it may fairly be said of George Morland that he was reared in the studio. His genius betrayed itself at a very early age, some chalk drawings tinged with crayon which he produced when ten years old being exhibited in the Royal Academy. Such education as he received was given him at home; but it would seem that his father kept him too closely at work with pencil and brush to leave the boy opportunity of gleaning knowledge from books.

When fourteen years old, his father bound him apprentice to himself, having ere then fully recognized the artistic genius which promised him material advantages. Others than his father recognized George Morland's genius: Sir Joshua Reynolds, who gave the boy the run of his studio, urged that he be brought up in "the grand line" of art; and when his indentures expired, Romney offered to take him as pupil at a salary of £300 a year. Sir Joshua's recommendation was declined by the father; to Romney's offer George would have nothing to say.

George was slow to discover a spirit of independence, even when he came of age, remaining at home for at least six months after he had reached man's estate. His independent career began in 1785, when he was twenty two years old. Having escaped from the hands of an Irish picture dealer who worked him for his own advantage, he spent a few months at Margate, devoting himself with success to the painting of portraits he had been invited to do by a Mrs. Hill. He seems to have been tolerably industrious, for he was able to live in comfort and to share the amusements offered by a then fashionable watering place... Continue reading book >>




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