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Print - A Tea Garden
  • A Tea Garden
    Soiron, François David, born 1764 - died 1795
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A Tea Garden

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (possibly, printed)

  • Date:

    late 18th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Soiron, François David, born 1764 - died 1795 (engraver)
    George Morland, born 1763 - died 1804 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour stipple engraving, with additional colour by hand

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs M. V. Cunliffe

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 43, box L

This stipple engraving was printed using at least five colours. They were applied to the paper on a single plate, rather than printing each colour in a separate operation. The printmaker dabbed the coloured inks onto the plate before each impression was printed by means of rag balls attached to the end of a stick. Paintings by George Morland (1763-1804) were popular with the British public during his lifetime, and were widely reproduced and published by printmakers both in Britain and in France and Germany.

Physical description

Print depicting an English family, gathered around a table under a tree, taking tea in a garden. The family group comprises seven figures: on the left is an elderly man and two young boys; in the centre stands a young man, probably the head of the family, and an elderly lady dressed in black; on the right is a young woman holding a baby, and behind her is a man, presumably a servant. On the table is a tea set; slightly to the left of the table the two young boys play with a dog. A pond and figures promenading in the park, can be glimpsed in the background to the right. The printed surface is oval.

Place of Origin

Britain (possibly, printed)


late 18th century (printed)


Soiron, François David, born 1764 - died 1795 (engraver)
George Morland, born 1763 - died 1804 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour stipple engraving, with additional colour by hand

Marks and inscriptions

'A Tea Garden'
Lettered with title

'Painted by G. Morland Engraved by F. D. Soiron'
Lettered at the bottom edge of the oval


Height: 405 mm oval image, Width: 501 mm oval image, Height: 580 mm gilt frame, Width: 663 mm gilt frame, Depth: 45 mm gilt frame

Object history note

This print is a companion to 'St. James's Park', E.131-1963.

Descriptive line

'A Tea Garden'. Print, in an oval border, depicting an English family taking tea in a garden. Hand-coloured stipple-engraving by François David Soiron after George Morland, late 18th century.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1963 . London: HMSO, 1964.

Production Note

Attribution note: Printed from one plate


Stipple engraving; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Children; Garden; Dog; Tea; Hobby horse; Family; Park




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