Morris’s passion for horticulture made him an impressive breeder of irises. He grew approximately 1,000 seedlings each year, and produced and registered at least 90 new varieties. The year this work was painted, 1943, yielded a particularly beautiful crop. Morris places some of these into a jug and painted them quickly enough for the painting to be completed before the flowers withered.
Sir Cedric Morris
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 122 x 92 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.