Provenance: with J. Ford, 1930
From early in his career Morley had an affinity with Italy, visiting it in 1905, having won an RIBA Travelling scholarship. 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. This painting shows a typical 1920s small holding at the edge of a village. The orchard contains a variety of fruit trees, planted with sufficient width to allow for rows of vegetables to be grown in between.
We are grateful to Julia Baron, Jean-Yves Peronnet and Michael Barker for assistance.