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.)
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.