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Henry Morley (1870 - 1937)   BIOGRAPHY

Portrait of a lady, seated in the artist’s future wife, 1893
Framed (ref: 504)
Signed and dated
Oil on canvas, 12 x 14 in. (30.5 x 35.5 cm.)


Provenance: private collection since circa 1990
Literature: Henry Morley: A Stirling Artist, exh. cat.,
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, 2004, pp. 2–3

This portrait is based on James McNeill Whistler’s iconic Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Artist’s Mother 1872 (Musée d’Orsay, Paris). Morley trained at the Académie Julian and would thus have been aware of Whistler’s work. It was also in Paris that Morley met his future wife, Isobel Hutchison, possibly the subject of this portrait.
The setting of the painting is likely to be Craigmill House, near Stirling, where both Henry and Isobel learned to paint under Joseph Denovan Adam at the atelier he ran there. Thereafter they both specialised as landscape painters, typically producing plein-air oils in the vicinity of Stirling, of the type seen in the background of this work.

We are grateful to Michael McGinnes of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum for assistance.

Henry Morley (1870 - 1937)

1870 Henry Morley was born in Nottingham
c1890’s Trained at Nottingham School of Art and Academie Julien in Paris
c1894 Moved to Cambuskenneth in Stirling
Lived as a lodger at 101 St. James Orchard
1901 Henry Morley married Isobel Miller Hutchison
1901-1910 The Morleys lived at Whins of Milton
1906 Tom Morley born, 15 February
1910-1937 Lived at The Gables; designed by Crawford & Fraser of Stirling for the Morleys
1910 Sandford Morley born at The Gables
1937 Henry Morley died in Stirling, aged 67
1948 Isobel Morley died in Dunblane, 7 July, aged 75

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