MORRIS, Sir Cedric Lockwood 9th Bart.

1889 - 1982

Cedric Morris

Born at Sketty, Swansea, Glamorganshire on 11 December 1889, eldest child of wealthy iron merchant, Sir George Lockwood Morris, 8th Bart and his wife Wilhelmina Elizabeth née Cory, who married at Swansea in 1889. In 1901, 42 year old George and his 35 year old wife Elizabeth were living at Cefn Golan Park, Gowerton, Swansea with three children, and kept a governess and four indoor servants and by 1911 had moved to Ty Maen, South Cornelly, Pyle, Bridgend where Cedric was the only child living at home and was of 'no occupation'. Educated at Charterhouse School after which he worked in Canada and studied singing in London and in 1914 attended Académie Delecluse, Paris but being unfit for active military service, volunteered to train army horses at Lord Rosslyn's stables near Reading, where he met Alfred Munnings [q.v.]. After a time working at Zennor, Cornwall, where he took up painting in watercolour and where he met Arthur Lett Haines [q.v.] and in 1919 they went to Newlyn where Morris learned to paint in oil. In 1921 Morris moved to Paris where he studied at the Academies Moderne, Suedoise and La Grande Chaumiere and Atelier Colarossi, his teachers included Andre Lhote (1865-1962) and Fernand Leger (1881-1955). He returned to London in 1927 and elected to the London Group and the 7 & 5 Society before moving to Wales. In 1937, together with Arthur Lett Haines [q.v.], they opened The East Anglian School of Painiting and Drawing at Dedham, Essex and after it was burnt down in 1939 moved to Benton End, Hadleiigh, Suffolk which became noted not only for its gardens, but for its notable and distinguished students including Lucien Freud (1922-2011). Although not a member Morris exhibited at the Ipswich Art Society in 1941 two works 'Landscape at Higham' and 'Llantony', in 1942 'Yellow Irises' and in 1980 'Fournas, Azores 1966' and an exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle in 1946 from Hadleigh, Suffolk and had many solo shows and in 1984 was commemorated in a major exhibition at Tate Gallery. He succeeded his father as 9th baronet in 1947 and died at Ipswich in 1982. He was succeeded by Robert Byng Morris as 10th baronet.

Works by This Artist