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George Morland grew up in a prosperous family of artists. He spent more than he earned and kept moving house to avoid his creditors. In 1799 he moved to a cottage on the Isle of Wight where he probably painted this picture. Morland created this scene of fishermen and fish sellers by arranging sketches he had made of real people. When this picture was painted the idea of the simple country life was very fashionable.
oil on canvas
H 71 x W 91.5 cm
acquired through the Lord Kenilworth Bequest, 1954