George Morland

Rest by the Way

after 1790
Painting for the open market, Morland enjoyed phenomenal success. His rustic subject matter coupled with an elegant, fashionable style satisfied public taste - formed, like his, by both 17th-century Dutch art and contemporary French painting. "Rest by the Way" is fresh and unlaboured, showing his great facility in the quickly applied paint and his skilful use of a limited range of colours. This facility would later become a drawback, and his work grew repetitive and hurried as he struggled with alcohol and debt.
Title
Rest by the Way
Date
after 1790
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
25.4 x 30.5 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Gift of F.J. Nettlefold, Nutley, Sussex, England, 1948
Accession number
4919