George Morland Roadside Inn 1790

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Artist
George Morland 1763–1804
Title
Roadside Inn
Date 1790
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
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1780

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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, popular in his day and generally considered his best, combine fluid brushwork with echoes of the 17th-century Dutch landscapes his father compelled him to copy throughout his 7-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.

October 2013

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