DICKINSON, William after George MORLAND (1763-1804)
London: Published by William Dickinson, circa 1789. Colour-printed mezzotint. In good condition with the exception of being trimmed on the plate mark on the lower margin. Laid on to supportive backing sheet. Sheet missing some paper in the margins. Image size: 18 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches. Sheet size: 19 11/16 x 14 7/16 inches.
A lovely colour printed impression of this charming print by Dickinson after the famous genre painter 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 subtlety the tender side of English country life.
In this scene, three children playfully harass a young man who has fallen asleep on a bench in front of an ale house. It's a nicely chosen moment, just prior to the man's waking abruptly and jumping up, while the children flee in every direction.
Dawe, G. Morland p. 139.