George Morland Outside the Ale-House Door 1792

Artwork details

Artist
George Morland 1763–1804
Title
Outside the Ale-House Door
Date 1792
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 349 x 273 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by George Salting 1910
Reference
N02639
Not on display

Display caption

Pictures of country peasants at work
and play were popular with urban art audiences in the late-eighteenth
century. They provided a reassuring
vision of timeless rural life. In reality
the countryside was changing rapidly,
with the introduction of modern
farming techniques and the growth
of political unrest.

 

Morland specialised in such scenes, though his treatment of rough rural characters sometimes went beyond
what was acceptable to polite viewers.

 

October 2002

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