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Excerpt from The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters, Vol. 2
How he escaped from the thraldom of his father has been related by Hassell and by Smith, and as they contra dict each other, I shall rehearse both accounts. The former, who knew Morland well, says, that he was deter mined to make his escape from the rigid confinement which paternal authority had imposed upon him; and, wild as a young quadruped that had broke loose from his den, at length, though late, effectually accomplished his purpose. Young George was of so unsettled a disposi tion, says Smith, that his father, being fully aware of his extraordinary talents, was determined to force him to get his own living, and gave him a guinea, with something like the following observation: I am determined to en courage your idleness no longer; there-take that guinea, and apply to your art and support yourself.' This Morland told me, and added, that from that moment he commenced and continued wholly on his own account. It would appear by Smith's relation, that our youth, instead of supporting his father, had all along been depending on his help; this, however, contradicts not only Hassell but Fuseli also, who, in his edition of Pilkington's Dictionary, accuses the elder Morland of avariciously pocketing the whole profits of his son's productions.
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