Harry Morley (1881-1942)
|Artist Name||Harry Morley (1881-1942)|
|Description||This inspiring exhibited Art Deco interior portrait oil painting is by noted British artist Harry Morley. Painted in 1923 the composition is of a Poet getting up from his bed and gazing heavenwards. His reading material from the night before lie by his bed. An Italian landscape can be seen through an arched window. A really colourful piece with bold blocks of colour and detailed textures.
Signed and dated 1923 lower right.
|Provenance||Abbott and Holder label- Exhibited: XVIII International Art Exhibition, Venice, 1930. Bourlet exhibition labels verso.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||24 x 24 inches|
|Frame||Housed in an ornate frame, 32 inches by 32 inches 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.|