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W. Ward - 1794 Mezzotint, The Fruits of early Industry and Economy

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W. Ward - Original 1794 Mezzotint. William Ward after George Morland. Published 1796 by T. Simpson. With hand colouring. Signed in plate. On wove. Several closed tears and losses to edges. Edges of paper are very fragile.

George Morland was one of the most successful genre painters of his time, creating, during his industrious career, some of England's most cherished paintings. At an early age Morland displayed his artistic genius, he learned to paint at three and exhibited his first work at the Royal Academy at the mere age of ten. He was a prodigious painter, producing more than 4000 paintings during the entirety of his career, and sometimes painting two or three works in a day. His beautiful idealistic scenes were a favourite source of inspiration for contemporary engravers, and as many as 250 separate engravings were done of his paintings during his lifetime. His brother-in-law, William Ward, engraved a great number of his paintings reproducing in print his endearing paintings of English country life. Ward's engravings after Morland are some of the most beautiful prints of the period; they combine fine technical skill and inspired artistic imagination to create enduring images that speak of the taste and beauty of the age.


58.7 x 47cm (23.1" x 18.5")
Sheet: 71.8 x 53.8cm (28.3" x 21.2")

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The original painting of "The Fruits of early Industry and Economy" is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, rather appropriately as it reflects the views Benjamin Franklin broadcast in Poor Richard's Almanac earlier in the 18th century. In fact, Franklin wrote to his grandson Benny Bache in 1780 that those who study hard "live comfortably in good houses", while those who are idle "are poor and dirty and ragged and ignorant and vicious and live in miserable cabins and garrets." (BF Letters 9/25/1780). - See more at: https://www.donaldheald.com/pages/books/6468/william-after-george-morland-ward/the-effects-of-youthful-extravagance-idleness-the-fruits-of-early-industry-oeconomy#sthash.RXX02hSF.dpuf

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Code mu513
Artist W. Ward
Date 1794
Dimensions 58.7 x 47cm
Medium Mezzotint
Style Realism
Subject Genre Scene
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