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George Morland

Karen Junod

in ‘Writing the Lives of Painters’

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199597000
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725357 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199597000.003.0007

Series: Oxford English Monographs

George Morland

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This chapter explores the origins and nature of Morland's biographical success. It shows that Morland's generally scandalous lifestyle held real interest for many people, not least because the painter had scorned any social norms to which artists usually adhered. It also argues that Morland's unusualness was the result of interconnected factors which affected both the British art market and literature during this period. Indeed, Morland was active at a time when commercial transactions between painters and clients were undergoing significant changes in Britain. This chapter also argues that Morland's natural genius would not have been so widely reported had it not fed into contemporary debates about artistic creation and invention. His appeal as an unconventional painter would have remained unnoticed had there not been a wider interest among readers in literary figures who dwelt on the margins of society. Morland's eccentricities undoubtedly appealed to contemporary literary sensibilities.

Keywords: Morland; art market; genius; invention; margins

Chapter.  10938 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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