Artists David Carr and Barbara Gilligan were students at Morris’s art school, the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, when this work was painted around 1940. They met at the school, and were later married. The portrait is characteristic of Morris’s portraits in its bold composition and striking facial details, with oils providing a rich, textural feel to the piece.
Sir Cedric Morris
David and Barbara Carr
Original: Oil paint on canvas 100.3 x 74.6 cm © The estate of Sir Cedric Morris
Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, 9th Baronet (11 December 1889 – 8 February 1982) was a British artist, educator and horticulturalist. Born in Swansea, South Wales, Morris worked in London, Paris, Cornwall and Suffolk, where he and his partner Arthur Lett-Haines founded the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing. The school had many notable students, including Maggi Hambling and Lucian Freud. As an artist he is best known for his portraits, flower paintings and landscapes.