DARCIS after George MORLAND
The Effects of Youthful Extravagance & Idleness; The Fruits of early Industry & Oeconomy
London: 25 March 1800. A pair of colour printed stipple engravings. Image size: 23 1/8 x 18 3/4 inches. Sheet size: 26 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches approx.
A fine pair of colour printed stipple engravings by George Morland, the master of English genre painting.
George Morland was one of the most successful genre painters of his time, creating, during his industrious career, some of England's most cherished paintings. At an early age Morland displayed his artistic genius, he learned to paint at three and exhibited his first work at the Royal Academy at the mere age of ten. Morland was a prodigious painter, producing more than 4000 paintings during the entirety of his career, and sometimes painting two or three works in a day. His beautiful idealistic scenes were a favorite source of inspiration for contemporary engravers, and as many as 250 separate engravings were done of his paintings during his lifetime. Morland is considered a master of genre, his beautiful paintings depict with insightful subtlety the tender side of English country life. The subjects of this pair of very fine prints find echoes in a number of earlier works, most notably William Hogarth's series titled 'The Idle...' and 'The Industrious Apprentice'. The present pair are specifically described by Samuel Collings' verses which appear with the title beneath each image.