Paintings by George Morland - 118

The Last Litter

The Industrious Cottagers


This is often in correctly attributed to Morland.

(Hardy Prints is the seller - note watermark "R")

Engraver: William Ward.

Medium: Photogravure.

Plate Size:  19" by 23".

Paper Size: 24" by 28".

WARD, William after James WARD

Industrious Cottagers, Les habitants industrieuses de la Chaumiere

London: Published by Messrs. Wards & Co, 1 March 1801. Colour printed mezzotint with added hand colour. In good condition with the exception of being trimmed within the plate mark. Image size (including text): 17 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches. Sheet size: 18 7/8 x 23 5/8 inches.

A fine mezzotint, based on the picture of the same name sold at Christies in 1807 for 12 guineas.

James Ward was one of the most noted artists of his day, his individual style and superior skill distinguished him from his contemporaries, and his outstanding work influenced the development of British art. Considered to be one of the most important animal painters of his generation, Ward also produced portraits, landscapes, genre and history paintings. He began his career as an engraver, studying under his brother William, who later went on to engrave many of his paintings. The images produced from the pairing of William and James Ward epitomize the best of English art, their fine technical skill and inspired artistic imagination combine to create enduring pictures that speak of the taste and beauty of the age. The work of James Ward is worthy of history's praise; it influenced the art of Delacroix and Géricault, and changed the face of British painting. This magnificent work is reminiscent of the genre paintings of George Morland who greatly influenced the work of James and William.

The Lass of Livingstone

'The Lass' is listed as being published in 1785 and engraved by T Gaugain.

The Lass of Livingtone - the picture above this one seems to be a section of the original engraving

Print appeared at ebay April 2005.

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