Morris was a keen gardener, and a large section of the garden at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing was used by him to grow fruit and vegetables for his student during wartime. He painted many pictures of the garden’s produce at that time, to celebrate the abundance of nature during times of austerity. The cook Elizabeth David bought this painting in 1953, and used it several times to accompany her writing and recipes.
Sir Cedric Morris
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Original: Oil paint on canvas 61.5 x 43.2 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.