The Return Home

  • About the artist
    George Morland was born in London, the son of painter, engraver and art dealer Henry Robert Morland. He was apprenticed to his father before studying at the Royal Academy Schools. Morland first exhibited work at the Royal Academy when he was aged about ten and went on to be a regular exhibitor there and at The Society of Artists of Great Britain. In 1780, the first of numerous engravings after his work were published. Morland’s work had a wide appeal and was often copied or even faked. His last years were plagued by excessive drinking, debts and poor health. Although he continued to paint to pay his creditors, the quality of his work declined. He died in a bailiff's lodging-house in Clerkenwell, London, reportedly of a brain fever.
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  • Details
    Title
    The Return Home
    Date
    1794-1795
    Medium
    Crayon-manner engraving
    Acquisition
    Transferred from the British Museum, July 1946
    Provenance
    Collection of the British Museum; by whom transferred to the Ministry of Works in 1946
    GAC number
    205