Tulips and Iris

Sir Cedric Morris (1889 - 1981)

Oil on board

1928

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Iran
    City: Tehran
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Cedric Morris was born in Swansea and began painting just before the First World War, largely self-taught. He briefly attended the Académie Delacluse in Paris in 1914. With his life-long companion, the painter Arthur Lett Haines (1894-1978), he established the East Anglian School of Drawing and Painting in Dedham, Suffolk, whose students included Lucian Freud. Morris exhibited with the Seven and Five Society (1926-1932), but later withdrawing as his preference for figuration diverged from their focus on abstraction. During the Depression, Morris worked with communities in his native south Wales to establish art societies. He inherited his father’s baronetcy in 1947. A major retrospective of his work was held at the Tate, London in 1984.
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  • Details
    Title
    Tulips and Iris
    Date
    1928
    Medium
    Oil on board
    Dimensions
    height: 61.40 cm, width: 46.20 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sotheby's, 22 June 1977
    Inscription
    br: CEDRIC MORRIS / -28
    Provenance
    Collection of Robert Bevan; with Headrow Gallery, Leeds; sold through Sotheby's, London, on 22 June 1977 (Lot 117); from which sale purchased by the Department of the Environment
    GAC number
    13319