London: Published by D. Orme & Co. at the Morland Gallery, 14 Old Bond Street, May 1, 1793. Hand-coloured soft-ground etching. In good condition with the exception of being trimmed within the plate mark. Paper discolouration on bottom corners. A few small tears in right edge of sheet. Sheet size: 21 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches.
A delicate image of country life by one of England's most renowned genre painters, George Morland.
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 subtly the tender side of English country life. This is a wonderful example of Morland's delicate style. A young mother busies herself hanging out washing while her young child plays on the banks of a small stream. A happy dog drinks out of the pool completing the feeling of contentment in this pretty picture.