Peasant and Pigs

A work made of mezzotint on off-white wove paper.
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  • A work made of mezzotint on off-white wove paper.

Date:

1803

Artist:

John Raphael Smith (English, 1752-1812)
after George Morland (English, 1763-1804)

About this artwork

In the late 18th century John Raphael Smith persuaded his drinking companion George Morland to give him
control over the reproduction of his pastoral paintings. Smith created a profitable market for these prints and even paid James Ward, a pupil of his and brother-in-law to Morland, to paint copies of Morland’s pictures to sell alongside the prints in the gallery. Most of Morland’s pastorals feature rustic country settings. This may reflect his frequent excursions to rural England to escape creditors, where he amused himself by mixing with the peasants and sketching scenes like the one depicted in this Smith mezzotint.

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Artist

John Raphael Smith

Title

Peasant and Pigs

Origin

England

Date

1803

Medium

Mezzotint on off-white wove paper

Dimensions

444 × 554 mm (image); 472 × 555 mm (plate); 596 × 890 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Dighton

Reference Number

1926.1598

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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