Portrait of a lady, seated in the artists future wife, 1893

SKU: 504
Signed and dated
Oil on canvas, 12 x 14 in. (30.5 x 35.5 cm.)

Height – 30.5cm x Width – 35.5cm


private collection since circa 1990

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.

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Henry Morley
1870 - 1937

Henry Morley was born in Nottingham, England on 29 December 1869 and studied at Nottingham School of Art and at the Academie Julian in Paris. 

He exhibited at Goupil Gallery and the International Society of Sculptors, Painters & Gravers in London;

Nottingham Museum and Art Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery; the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool; the Royal Scottish

Academy and Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours in Edinburgh; and at the Paris Salon. Henry Morley lived for many years in Stirling, Scotland where he died on 19 July 1937.

We are grateful to Chris Mees for his assistance.