George Morland

The Wreckers

c. 1790-1799
The shipwreck - at sea and in its aftermath on shore - was a favourite subject of Morland. Here, on the morning after the storm, with the battered ship still visible in the distance, a group of wreckers collect the jetsam, the cargo that was cast overboard to lighten the ship's load in time of distress. Morland began his painting career producing moralizing domestic pictures that were later popularized in mezzotint prints, but he eventually shifted to landscape painting.
Title
The Wreckers
Date
c. 1790-1799
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
150.4 x 206.4 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1928
Accession number
3565

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