Lucian Freud was one of the most notable students of Morris’s art school in Suffolk. Freud was nineteen when he sat for this portrait in 1941, and this type of close scrutiny that Morris used in his portraits has been described as fundamental to Freud’s own works. Morris later wrote of him ‘I have always admired his paintings and everything about him.’
Sir Cedric Morris
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 73 x 60.3 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.