George Morland: Extravagance & Idleness


George Morland.  “The Effects of Extravagance & Idleness.”  London, March 25, 1800.  23 1/4 x 18 3/4.  Mezzotint by Darcis.  Original hand color.  Excellent condition.

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George Morland (1763-1804) was a well-known painter of rustic genre and narrative subjects.  His appeal to his English contemporaries resided in the accessible content and the sensitivity to decorative detail in his often very picturesque works.  Morland’s paintings were a popular source for prints by his fellow artists.  This is an interesting moral tale showing a destitute family showing “the effects of extravagance & idleness.”  With threadbare clothes, broken window, little furniture, broken crockery, and a dog with its rids showing, the moral could not be missed.  This is English printmaking at its best and most sophisticated.