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George Morland (1763-1804)

George Charles Morland (1763-1804)

George Morland was an immensely prolific painter of landscape and rustic genre who gained widespread popularity through the dissemination of engravings of his work.

George Morland was born in the Haymarket, London on 26 June 1763, the eldest of six children of Henry Robert Morland (painter, engraver and art dealer) and Jenny Lacam (an amateur artist who was daughter to a French jeweller). His father had become bankrupt in 1762, and so latched onto the artistic promise that Morland showed from an early age as a way of restoring the family fortunes. Only ten years old when he exhibited (chalk drawings) at the Royal Academy of Arts for the first time in 1773, he also exhibited at the Free Society of Artists (from 1775) and the Society of Artists (from 1777).

In 1777, Morland began a seven-year apprenticeship under his father, during which he produced copies of old masters, passed off by his
father as originals, and original works that were increasingly exhibited – and engraved (the first two by John Raphael Smith in 1780). Near
the end of this period, he received an offer from George Romney to take him into his studio, but he rejected this in favour of a place at the
Royal Academy. However, his attendance there was sporadic and short-lived as he chose to spend increasing amounts of time in

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