- Extended Catalogue Entry
by George Morland
oil on canvas, circa 1775-1780
10 1/2 in. x 9 in. (267 mm x 229 mm)
Given by William Smith, 1876
Sitterback to top
- George Morland (1763-1804), Painter. Sitter in 12 portraits, Artist associated with 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- George Morland (1763-1804), Painter. Artist associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 12 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Born in London in 1763, George Morland was apprenticed to his father Henry Robert Morland, the painter, dealer and restorer, for seven years from 1777. The younger Morland, who excelled at painting copies and forgeries of Dutch landscapes, went on to become a master of sentimental genre, picturesque landscape and scenes from rural life. This self-portrait, made when the artist was about fifteen, demonstrates that he was a highly accomplished painter even in his youth.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 441
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 345
Events of 1775back to top
Current affairsAct of Parliament extends inventor James Watt's patent (first granted in 1769) and the first steam engines are built under it.
First known building society - Ketley's Building Society - is established in Birmingham by Richard Ketley, landlord of the Golden Cross Inn.
Art and scienceFirst performance of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals at the Covent Garden Theatre in London.
Artist J.M.W. Turner is born.
Satirist James Gillray's first engravings and etchings are published.
Navigator Captain Cook publishes his discovery of a preventive cure against scurvy, in the form of a regular ration of lemon juice.
InternationalWar of American Independence begins with British defeat at Lexington and Concord and lasts until 1783. British achieve a narrow and costly victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Edmund Burke delivers a speech to the British Parliament on conciliation with the American colonies.
First performance of Pierre Beaumarchais' comic opera The Barber of Seville in Paris.
Pope Pius VI succeeds Pope Clement XIV as the 251st pope.