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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. 

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
photo of open book
Talking Pictures Part 1
Saturday 25 April 2015 11:00 - 16:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
artistic photo of microphone on dark background
Talking Pictures Part 2
Saturday 2 May 2015 11:00 - 16:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
landscape photo of field with sky
Imagined Landscapes
Saturday 9 May 2015 13:30 - 16:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
George Morland, Easy Money (detail), oil on canvas. Kirklees Collection: Huddersfield Art Gallery
Museums at Night: Peripherals | Life on the Modern Margins
Thursday 14 May 2015 17:00 - 19:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
George Morland, Easy Money (detail), oil on canvas. Kirklees Collection: Huddersfield Art Gallery
Museums At Night by Day! Peripherals: Life on the Modern Margins
Saturday 16 May 2015 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Detail from George Morland, The Old Red Lion Inn, oil on canvas. The University of Leeds Art Collection
Write Me a Picture | Creative Writing with Suzannah Evans
Saturday 16 May 2015 11:00 - 13:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Detail from, Morning, or The Benevolent Sportsman © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Bohemians and Marginal Communities in the 18th Century: George Morland in Context
Friday 29 May 2015 10:00 - 17:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Gilding Workshop ©Rob Oldfield
Gold Leaf and Gilding with Rob Oldfield [George Morland in Context]
Saturday 30 May 2015 10:30 - 13:30
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Detail from, Morning, or The Benevolent Sportsman © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
What they told me was quieter than tree trunks
Saturday 30 May 2015 14:30 - 16:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Detail from Space Between, 2015, © Lesley Birch
Painting in the Margins
Saturday 27 June 2015 13:30 - 16:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

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Calling All Aspiring Art Critics!

In celebration of our recently opened exhibition 'George Morland: In the Margins' we've decided to run a new competition! Find out how to enter here.

Detail from Ariadne and Bacchus, by Edmund Dulac (1882-1953), watercolour, 1933
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