Morris loved birds, and, as a breeder, had a great depth of knowledge about them. He produced many works on the subject of birds, choosing to focus on their emotions and motivations, rather than their absolute likenesses, wanting to ‘provoke a lively sympathy with the mood of the birds’. He used impasto techniques for the textures of his peregrine falcons here, giving them a physical presence on the canvas.
Sir Cedric Morris
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 62 x 70 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.