Lot 54: After George Morland, Basket Weavers Family, Oil, 1st H.19th C
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Oil on canvas, relined
England, 1st half 19th century
After George Morland (1763-1804) English painter of animals and rustic scenes
Inscribed by another hand C. Morland as well as illegibly inscribed at the lower left
Dimensions: 50.7 x 61 cm
Frame: 70 x 80 cm
Provenance: private property, North Rhine-Westphalia
Unpretentious depiction of an uncomplicated, simple life in the countryside in the manner of George Morland
The painting is altogether in good condition bearing usual signs of wear. The irregularly trimmed edges of the canvas occasionally show abrasion due to framing. Craquelure is scattered across the work. Under UV-light occasionally small spots of touch-ups. The frame with smaller chips and tension cracks.
George Morland (1763-1804)
Born in London, the artist was able to study at the Royal Academy of Arts at Somerset House already at an early age. His first oil painting was shown at the exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1781. From 1777-84 Morland was apprentice and coworker of his father, who was a famous genre painter. In 1784/85 he traveled to France, where he predominately painted portraits. After his return to London in 1786, he married. The stillbirth of his only child a short time later was possibly the cause of his sentimental children's pictures. Morlands extensive ouevre includes over 4000 paintings; 1796-1804 almost 900 pictures and over 1000 drawings were created. Some of these works are represented in various museums, including the Art Institute in Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Louvre in Paris. (nlu)
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