SMITH, John Rubens after George MORLAND
London: Published by H. Macklin, Poets Gallery, Fleet Street, Jan. 1803. Colour-printed mezzotint. In fair condition with the exception of being trimmed within the plate mark. Title has been inset. Nail burns in left margin. Tear in upper margin extending into image. Image size: 18 x 23 1/2 inches. Sheet size: 19 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches.
A lovely colour printed impression of Smith's idyllic print of rural life, after a painting by 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. He 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 pleasant rural 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. His brother-in-law, William Ward, engraved a great number of them. Here a young girl clings to her mother's apron, as her father takes up his rifle to go hunting. Her fearful reaction is contrasted with that of the dogs who are excited, and the maid who indifferently prepares the fire in the fireplace.
Dawe, G. Morland p. 146.