Antique Master Print-GUINEA PIGS-FAMILY PLAYING-Gaugain-Morland-1789



Guinea Pigs – This print shows a mother with two small children standing on the doorstep of their home, one child and a kneeling man, probably a salesman, watch three Guinea Pigs on the ground, while mother and the elder child look at each other.

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‘Guinea Pigs’

Stipple engraving printed, plate coloured (a la poupee) on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 40 x 53,5 cm. (15,7 x 21,1 inch). Image size: 40 x 53,5 cm. (15,7 x 21,1 inch).

This attractive print was printed by Peter Gaugain and published by Thomas Gaugain. Ref: The Met Museum.

Made by ‘Thomas Gaugain’ after ‘George Morland’. Thomas Gauguin (1756-1810) was born at Abbeville and settled in London while a young man. He entered the Royal Academy School in 1771, where he initailly worked as an artist painting portraits and genre pieces, as well as restoring paintings. Later Thomas, together with his brother Peter John (1762-1813) opened a print shop and printing office. As an engraver Thomas worked closely with Northcote, Morland and Bigg, the renowned artists of his time. George Morland (1763-1804) was an English painter of animals and rustic scenes. He was born in London, third son of Henry Robert Morland. His father, artist, engraver and picture restorer. Morland?s work in painting is characterised by the simple subjects he painted. He depicted the life he knew from his own experience. Morland worked closely with William and James Ward, and later married their sister Anne.

Condition: good, given age. Trimmed at image, with loss of part of captions below. Waterstain at bottom and top part of print, barely visible on front. Image fine. When re-framed this plate still makes a nice impression. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 53 × 40 × 1 cm


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