J. R. Smith after George Morland.
Peasant and Pigs. A Conversation.
27.5 x 23 inches
A pair of mezzotints, engraved by J. R. Smith after the paintings by George Morland and published in London in 1803.
Two scenes depicting bucolic English life. These are the quintessential English Georgian prints that have gone in and out of popularity since they were first produced towards the end of the C18th. They would typically have decorated the passageways, inner halls and spare bedrooms of aristocratic and aspiring middle-class homes. George Morland excelled at painting these romanticised, predominantly rural, scenes and his name has become synonymous with the genre. In John Raphael Smith he found an engraver who could faithfully and meticulously reproduce his work for the burgeoning and increasingly profitable print trade.