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Peasant and Pigs

A work made of mezzotint on off-white wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint on off-white wove paper.




John Raphael Smith (English, 1752-1812)
after George Morland (English, 1763-1804)

About this artwork

In the late 18th century John Raphael Smith persuaded his drinking companion George Morland to give him
control over the reproduction of his pastoral paintings. Smith created a profitable market for these prints and even paid James Ward, a pupil of his and brother-in-law to Morland, to paint copies of Morland’s pictures to sell alongside the prints in the gallery. Most of Morland’s pastorals feature rustic country settings. This may reflect his frequent excursions to rural England to escape creditors, where he amused himself by mixing with the peasants and sketching scenes like the one depicted in this Smith mezzotint.


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John Raphael Smith


Peasant and Pigs


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1803


Mezzotint on off-white wove paper


Image: 44.4 × 55.4 cm (17 1/2 × 21 13/16 in.); Plate: 47.2 × 55.5 cm (18 5/8 × 21 7/8 in.); Sheet: 59.6 × 89 cm (23 1/2 × 35 1/16 in.)

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Gift of Philip Dighton

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