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The Idle Laundress: P.419-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Idle Laundress


Printmaker: Blake, William
Painter: Morland, George (After)
Publisher: Smith, J. R.



Legal notes

Allocated by H.M. Treasury through the Minister of the Arts, accepted in lieu of capital taxes

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1985-04) by Keynes, Sir Geoffrey


Circa 1788 - Circa 1805


Second State

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Image Height 209 mm Width 257 mm
Sheet Height 301 mm Width 336 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Title
  • Text: Painted by G. Morland
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Engraved by W. Blake
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: London publish'd May 12th 1788 by J R Smith No. 31 King Henry Street Covent Garden:
  • Location: Lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.419-1985
Primary reference Number: 118124
Essick: XXX 2C
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 October 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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