George Morland

Outside the Ale-House Door

1792

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 349 x 273 mm
frame: 560 x 483 x 97 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by George Salting 1910
Reference
N02639

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.

 

Gallery label, October 2002

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