Harry Morley (1881-1942)
|Artist Name||Harry Morley (1881-1942)|
|Title||Lucina with Children in a Landscape|
|Description||This superb British figurative painting is by noted artist Harry Morley. Painted in 1918 in tempera and oil it is a square classical figurative landscape in a beautiful silvered frame. In the foreground stands Lucina holding a burning oil lamp and protectively gazing down at numerous young children playing around her. Lucina, the Sabine goddess of light, was combined with the Roman Juno, and as Juno Lucina, goddess of childbirth, she brought children into the world. A fantastic example of Morley's work.
Signed and dated 1918 lower right.
|Provenance||From Castle of Park, Aberdeenshire
Exhibited: Campbell Wilson ‘20th Century Romance’, cat no.33.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||24 x 24 inches|
|Frame||Housed a stunning silvered frame, 32 inches by 32 inches framed and in good condition.|
|Biography||Harry Morley (1881-1943) - painter of figures and landscapes in tempera, oils and watercolours; etcher and illustrator. He studied architecture at the RCA, winning a travel scholarship to Italy where he decided to take up painting. In 1908 he attended the Academie Julian, Paris, and then settled in London. He returned to Italy in 1911 and 1912, producing pictures for Methuen and Co. to illustrate E.V. Lucas' Florence and Venice, and again every Spring between 1925 and 1929, during which period he produced illustrations for Edward Hutton's Cities of Sicily and Rome, (also Methuen and Co.) He exhibited mainly at the RA, RWS, RE, RBA and at the Beaux Arts Gallery. He was elected RBA in 1924, RE and RWS in 1931, ARA and RP in 1936 and VPRWS 1937-41. His work is represented in public collections including the Tate. He taught at St Martin's School of Art and in 1940 was an Official War Artist.|