This painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1791. Morland specialised in scenes of rural labourers and farm animals, subject matter which seemed to some an unwarranted intrusion amongst the aristocratic portraits and historical scenes on the Academy’s walls.
Morland’s work was most widely known through reproductive prints, which provided much smaller, and often softer, versions of his paintings. The Academy was however, always keen to prevent its exhibitions from being used by printsellers to advertise their wares.
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