Educated at The Royal Academy, George Morland (1763-1804) is best known for his portrayals of country life. In this scene of wintry mayhem, a group of skaters and bystanders watch as two men scramble on the ice. An undated copy of this painting by William Turner of Oxford (1789-1862) is in the collection of Tate Britain (inv. N02978).
Signature: Signed 'G.Morland.pin*' (lower right)
A. C. Williamson, George Morland: His Life and Works, London, 1904, p. 115.
E. D. Cuming, George Morland, His Life and Works, London, 1907, color plate opposite p. 170.
PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
Sir Walter Gilbey, Bart., Elsham Hall, Essex, England.
Barnet Lewis, Esq.; (†), Christie's, London, 3 March 1931, lot 117 (550 gns. to Tooth).
with Agnew's, London.
with Jean Levy, New York.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 19 May 1993, lot 124 ($23,000).