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The Idle Laundress: P.420-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Idle Laundress


Printmaker: Blake, William
Painter: Morland, George (After)
Publisher: Macklin, H.



Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1788 CE - Circa 1805 CE


Third state

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Coloured ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Image Height 208 mm Width 256 mm
Sheet Height 258 mm Width 277 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. Published Janyr 1803 by H. Macklin Poets Gallery. Fleet Street.
  • Location: Lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.420-1985
Primary reference Number: 118126
Essick: XXX 3E
Stable URI

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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