By GEORGE MORLAND (1763-1804)

Morland's chief characteristic was that he painted the life that he knew. His pictures were of the everyday life of his time, and of the experiences of the folk with whom he mixed. His father was a pastellist, and from him Morland received his first lessons in art. The parental discipline was unusually stern, and if the idea was to crush vice out of the boy, the result was not of the nature anticipated, for as soon as he was free of the paternal control, the painter plunged into those excesses which, though they did not diminish his output, hampered his life by keeping him in a state of privation, and ultimately cut short his career in his forty-second year. Only the greatest gifts and the rarest facility could survive such conditions of living as Morland experienced; and, fortunately for Art, he possessed them. In the last eight years of his life he produced some nine hundred paintings, besides over a thousand drawings.

Morland's work necessarily has the defects of his qualities and of his life. He was a rapid worker and in his haste he often seems to have sacrificed some of the power which a more deliberate method might have imparted. Yet, in spite of all, he is one of the greatest masters of The English School, uniting in his work the magic of Gainsborough with the delicacy of an old Dutch painter. Though he made a speciality of horses, he painted life on the high road and scenes of rural life with marvellous insight and skill, If his women are not great ladies, they still possess a charm and grace of their own; and if his fame rests mainly upon his power of painting animals, his best attributes are shown in the social scenes which he portrayed so faithfully,

From the book "Famous Paintings" Volume 2 printed in 1913.

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The Cavalier

Sir J.E. Millais
Speak! Speak!

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My First Sermon

George Morland
The Reckoning

George Morland
The Inside of a Stable

The Immaculate Conception
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All Things Gay

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His First Offence

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Grace Before Meat

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Watering Cattle

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