FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "Gypsies Resting in a Forest"
Medium: Original Oil on Canvas
Framed Size: 24" X 29"
(Born London, 26 June 1763 [or, according to his own account, 26 May 1762]; Died London,
29 Oct. 1804). English painter, mainly of scenes from rural life, the son and pupil of Henry
Morland (?1716–97), a painter of portraits and fancy pictures who was also a dealer, forger,
and restorer. George was precocious and a fluent worker and produced a huge amount of
work, in spite of leading a dissolute life and often being drunk, in hiding from his creditors, or
in prison. His name is particularly associated with small scenes of middle- and lower-class
rural life, usually drawn more from the tavern and the stable than the cottage. The quality of
his work is uneven, but at his best he showed a spirited technique and a sure sense of tone.
His paintings became extremely popular and he was much imitated and forged; numerous
prints were made after his work, some of them by his brother-in-law William Ward.