Mary Vernon Morgan ARBSA

Still Life In An Upland Landscape

Mary Vernon Morgan ARBSA

Still Life In An Upland Landscape

This early 20th-century watercolour by British artist Mary Vernon Morgan (1846-1927) depicts an abundant display of flora nestled into an upland landscape.

Set before a jagged rock, a myriad of wildflowers bloom in beauteous colours. Perhaps oxeye daisies, ragwort, wild carrot and dock. A celebration of nature’s vibrancy amid rugged English scenery.

With a deft touch and a passion for decorative ensembles, Morgan’s rendering is both captivating and tender. Her love of British flora probably stems from rural explorations as a child - accompanying her father on sketching trips - gathering baskets of seasonal delights before returning home to arrange them. It’s easy to imagine her pressing flowers into a scrapbook, adding notes and drawing.

Unlike many of her peers, Morgan painted for pleasure, seemingly unaffected by academic ideals and precepts. Her compositions often include a scenic background to indicate where the flora may naturally reside. With the arrangements orchestrated to heighten their dazzling allure. Note the inclusion of small pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies, painted with exquisite details.

Held within a later frame and glazed.

Medium: Watercolour with bodycolour on paper laid on canvas
Overall size: 28½” x 38½” / 73cm x 98cm
Year of creation: c. 1900
Labels & Inscriptions: Name plaque lower middle.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some wear including losses.

Mary Vernon Morgan ARBSA

Mary Vernon Morgan ARBSA

Mary Vernon Morgan was taught by her father William Henry Vernon (1820-1909). She exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and elsewhere.

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