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George Morland, Old Red Lion Inn

George Morland: In the Margins

The work of British painter George Morland (1763-1804) is the subject of this important exhibition, guest curated by Dr Nick Grindle (UCL).

18 March 2015 - 11 July 2015 

This exhibition looks at migrants and margins in the work of the painter George Morland (1763-1804), a popular painter whose lifestyle and early death earned him lasting notoriety.  Over 250 of his works are held by public collections in the UK and US alone. His paintings of smugglers, gypsies, pedlars, soldiers, and families, which represent some of his best compositions, as well as how they mirrored his own life, raise compelling questions about who, and where, is 'marginal' in society. There has been no exhibition of his work since a small show in Reading in 1975, and no substantial discussion of his work since a thesis written in Stanford in 1977, and a chapter in John Barrell's book Dark Side of the Landscape in 1980. His pictures resonate with contemporary issues such as migration and marginality in a way that was not evident thirty years ago. The exhibition, which will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue with critical essays by Dr Grindle, Dr Kerry Bristol (Leeds) and Dr Martin Purvis (Leeds).

The exhibition will run at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery from 18 March 2015 until 11 July 2015, with a possible UK tour from August 2015 onwards. 

A preview event will take place in the Gallery on Tuesday 17 March 2015, 6-8pm.


Associated events

George Morland, Old Red Lion Inn
Opening Reception - George Morland: In the Margins
Tuesday 17 March 2015 18:00 - 20:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
George Morland, Easy Money (detail), oil on canvas. Kirklees Collection: Huddersfield Art Gallery
George Morland: The First Bohemian
Wednesday 18 March 2015 18:00 - 19:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Gilding Workshop ©Rob Oldfield
Gold Leaf and Gilding with Rob Oldfield
Saturday 28 March 2015 13:30 - 16:30
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

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