MORRIS, Sir Cedric (1889 - 1982)
[image: Stoke-by-Nayland Church]
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 60.3 x 81.2 cm
Acquired: 1944; Purchase
Accession Number: NMW A 2042
Morris was a remarkable animal painter. In 1936 he stated his intention as 'to provoke a lively sympathy with the mood of the birds which ornithological exactitude may tend to destroy'. The birds in the foreground are jays. Stoke-by-Nayland was near Morris's home at Pound Farm, outside Higham, Suffolk. In 1940 he and his companion Lett Haines moved a few miles to Hadleigh, where they re-established the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing after its original premises were destroyed by fire.