Farmyard - attributed to George
at an ebay auction
"There seems to be an awful lot
of Morland paintings about ... probably far more
than the 4,000 he painted. Even during his
lifetime, the popularity of his paintings
resulted in many imitators producing 'Morland
style' paintings and therein lies the problem.
Unless it can be positively established
that a painting is unquestionably by a given
artist, the best anyone can do is to 'attribute'
the painting to that artist.
This painting is unsigned, but many
Moreland paintings were unsigned. There is
an old printed label on the canvas stretcher
which describes the painting as "A Cottage
Door with Peasants and Animals" by Morland
and attests that it is from the collection of the
late W.C. Archer, Esq. of Edgbaston, Birmingham.
A further old label affixed to the back of the
canvas indicates that it is titled
"Farmyard" by Morland and was exhibited
at the prestigious Midland Counties Art Museum at
Nottingham Castle. Again, on loan by W.C.
Archer, Esq. of Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Apparently, it has been considered as
genuine in the past. "