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The Miseries of Idleness

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    20/01/1790 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hudson, Henry (engraver)
    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (publisher)
    George Morland, born 1763 - died 1804 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:

    E.422-1959

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PE, shelf 1

Physical description

Print depicting a poor family in a run-down interior. At the centre of the scene sits the father, cross legged, holding a pipe and resting his arm on a table; to the right is a young boy, who sucks a bone, and a dog. On the left of the scene sits the mother, her hands folded on her lap and looking down sadly; on her left is a small child, standing, and a baby in a basket.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

20/01/1790 (published)

Artist/maker

Hudson, Henry (engraver)
Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (publisher)
George Morland, born 1763 - died 1804 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint

Marks and inscriptions

'Painted by G. Morland Engrav'd by H Hudson London Publish'd Jany 20, 1790 by J. R. Smith No 31 King Street Covent Garden.'
Lettered with title and

Dimensions

Height: 34 cm, Width: 37.8 cm

Object history note

This print and E.423-1959 constitute a pair.

Descriptive line

'The Miseries of Idleness'. Print depicting a poor family in a run-down interior. Mezzotint by Henry Hudson after George Morland, 1790.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.

Techniques

Mezzotint

Subjects depicted

Dog; Children; Idleness; Mother; Father; Poverty; Family; Pipe

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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