George Morland

Roadside Inn

1790

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 511 x 664 mm
frame: 688 x 845 x 108 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by George Salting 1910
Reference
N02641

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This work is typical of the rustic landscape scenes most associated with Morland at the height of his prolific career. His paintings of the early 1790s combine fluid brushwork with echoes of the 17th-century Dutch landscapes his artist father compelled him to copy throughout his seven-year apprenticeship. Closer examination of Morland’s apparently sentimental work reveals undercurrents of class tension. His frequent depiction of alehouses in particular did not sit easily with more conservative contemporaries – a reason perhaps why he did not accept commissions and preferred to sell his work through dealers.

Gallery label, February 2016

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