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George Morland (London 1763-1804)
George Morland (London 1763-1804)

Reading the News: Horse and grooms outside a stable

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George Morland (London 1763-1804)
Reading the News: Horse and grooms outside a stable
signed and dated 'g. morland. 1792.' (centre right)
oil on canvas
25½ x 30¾ in. (64.8 x 78.1 cm.)
in an 18th Century carved and gilded frame
Provenance
Charles Thomas Milburn; his sale, Sotheby's, London, 12 December 1945, lot 159 (324 gns. to Bernard).
with Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, 1947.
Messrs. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Limited; Christie's, London, 20 July 1951, lot 110 (650 gns. to Lord Blackford).
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 23 November 2005, lot 62 (£33,600 to the present owner).

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Walter Hutchinson acquired this painting in 1947 to add to his growing collection of sporting paintings, drawings, prints and bronzes. Hutchinson had aspirations of establishing a 'National Gallery of British Sports and Pastimes', exhibiting six hundred of his works in Hutchinson House, London between 1945 and 1950. Reading the News was exhibited as no. 91 in the Hutchinson House Collection. When Hutchinson died in 1950, the collection was dispersed through sales at Christie's in July and December 1951, April 1952 and October 1955.

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