Frederick Morgan England
3-1856 London, ENG – 1-16-1927 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Frederick Morgan was commonly known as Fred Morgan and was the son of John Morgan, a successful genre artist sometimes known as 'Jury Morgan' (after one of his paintings The Gentlemen of the Jury). At the age of fourteen he was taken out of school by his father who then tutored him in art. At the age of 16, while still studying with his father, his first picture, The Rehearsal, was exhibited at the Royal Academy, and, after a hiatus of several years, his paintings were shown there regularly. For a while Frederick Morgan worked as a portrait artist for an Aylesbury photographer, - this training proved to be crucial.
Eventually he turned to other subjects for his art, in particular idyllic genre scenes of country life and childhood. For many years, starting in 1874, Thomas Agnew & Sons' purchased all the work he produced. Over this period he painted some of his most popular works such as The Doll’s Tea Party (1874), Emigrants' Departure (1875) and School Belles (1877). He also painted in Normandy, including Midday Rest (1879) and An Apple Gathering (1880).
Although an excellent portrait artist, Morgan had problems in depicting pets and barnyard animals - he enlisted the aid of either Arthur John Elsley or Allen Sealey when such problems needed resolving.
Frederick Morgan is known mostly for his romantic and sentimental paintings of children in the same style as his contemporary Arthur John Elsley. His paintings achieved great popularity in his lifetime and were widely published.
Art Movement: Academic
Influences: John Morgan