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Shipwreck

George Morland, English, 1763 - 1804

Geography:
Made in England, Europe

Date:
1793

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
38 1/8 × 57 inches (96.8 × 144.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
E1924-3-98

Credit Line:
The William L. Elkins Collection, 1924

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Label:
George Morland learned the recipe for marine disaster painting from the work of Claude-Joseph Vernet and Vernet’s followers in England (Vernet was the most important marine and landscape painter in eighteenth-century France). Using English scenery and outlaw characters, including smugglers and “wreckers” who salvaged the debris of a shipwreck, Morland took the basic structure of Vernet’s work and made it local, contemporary, and more naturalistic.