31 January 2013
PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
George Morland (London c. 1763-1804)
A winter landscape with figures skating and a man falling on a frozen waterway
signed 'G.Morland.pin*' (lower right)
oil on canvas
20 x 26 in. (50.8 x 66 cm.)
Sir Walter Gilbey, Bart., Elsham Hall, Essex, England.
Barnet Lewis, Esq.; (+), Christie's, London, 3 March 1931, lot 117 (550 gns. to Tooth).
with Agnew's, London.
with Jean Levy, New York.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 19 May 1993, lot 124 ($23,000).
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A. C. Williamson, George Morland: His Life and Works, London, 1904, p. 115.
E. D. Cuming, George Morland, His Life and Works, London, 1907, color plate opposite p. 170.
Educated at The Royal Academy, George Morland (1763-1804) is best known for his portrayals of country life. In this scene of wintry mayhem, a group of skaters and bystanders watch as two men scramble on the ice. An undated copy of this painting by William Turner of Oxford (1789-1862) is in the collection of Tate Britain (inv. N02978).
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