Gathering Plums  Attributed to Fred Morgan. 1856-1927
Gathering Plums  Attributed to Fred Morgan. 1856-1927
Gathering Plums  Attributed to Fred Morgan. 1856-1927
Gathering Plums  Attributed to Fred Morgan. 1856-1927

FREDERICK MORGAN Also known as FRED (born 1856)

"Gathering Plums" Attributed to Fred Morgan. 1856-1927

1856 Britisjh

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“Children Gathering Plums” attributed to Frederick Morgan

This painting was featured at the Alexander Palace, Carter Steam Fair Antique Road Show in 2006, with Darrell Mitchell the owner of this oil painting that was in an un-touched condition. Robert Mitchell later cleaned the painting and Darrell Mitchell conserved the painting on linen in the Mitchell Conservation Studio.
The two Morgan children in the painting are Dorothea and her younger brother Courtney confirmed by two of Fred Morgan’s descendants who visited the Mitchell Studio Gallery in 2012.
Fred Morgan (1856- 1924) married Alice Havers (1850-1900) on the 13 April 1872, they had three children, Fred married twice more, with two children from the second marriage.
The eldest of the three children was Valentine born 13 Feb 1873, Lilian born 5 Jan 1875, and Reginald Fredrick born 3 Jan 1881. Fred married his second wife Mary Rearden on the 19 July 1890 their two children where Dorothea and Courtney, Mary died in 1905. Morgan’s eldest son became an artist, painting under the name Val Havers and his youngest son from his second marriage Courtney became an Art Master.

On the back of the canvas in pencil there is faint date 6-----07 and clearly written “SSU” and “Frontispiece”, SSU may refer to the Sunday School Union founded in 1906, or the Youth Magazine. This was suggested by the British Library. There is a small FM pencil monogram impression in the wood stretcher. This painting is soft in style not in Morgan’s highly finished photographic style and may well be, an unfinished art work if the commission was not completed, also Fred’s eyesight started to detreate as he grew older. The two children are confirmed as Dorothea and Courtney from Fred’s second marriage to Mary Rearden, this links in with date on the back of the canvas.
Morgan was a keen photographer and used photo images to help his memory as he painted. There may be a drawing or photo referring to this painting “Gathering Plums” in the Morgan family photograph archives. During my research I noticed Fred is the only artist in his circle who painted looking down from above his figures as they are reaching up into a tree.
This suggests to me, he photographed figures from higher up in the tree to create unusual paintings, the camera would allow him to do this. There other painting he painted in this way that also include the same two children. The five rung ladder used in this painting is aging from a lot of use and has one rung missing and the top of the ladder is well worn away. This ladder may well be in other paintings or old family photographs.

Lilian Kerr-Smith, who had recently moved in to my area, passed by the gallery and noticed my painting attributed to Fred Morgan on show in the gallery window. On the 11th September 2012 Lilian returned with Bill-Kerr Smith, her father to view the painting. They were both excited about their find and went on to talk about the Morgan family descendants past and present. Lilian confirmed the older Childs name was Dorothea, her great great grandmother and the younger child was Dorothea’s younger brother named Courtenay. Bill-Kerr Smith stated, later in his life Courtenay and his wife sold off a lot of the Morgan paintings that where in their home. Lilian sent an image of this painting to her great aunt Mrs D Conti to find out if there is photo or living memory information about this painting. To date there is no record.

Robert Mitchell. Visual Fine Art Researcher.

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Attributed to Frederick Morgan
1856 – 1927
Fred Morgan’s children Dorothea and her brother Courtney
“Gathering Plums”
Born in London, Morgan referred to as Fred was an English painter of portraits, animals, domestic and country scenes. Fred married artist Alice Mary Havers in 1872 they had three children. He became famous for his idyllic genre scenes of family country life and childhood scenes, using his own children at various ages in many of his paintings. Among his titles are “An Apple Gathering” and “Gathering Nuts”. He was commonly known as Fred Morgan. At the age of fourteen he was taken out of school by his father John Morgan RBA (1823 – 1886) who then tutored him in art. At the age of 16, while still studying with his father, his first painting, "The Rehearsal", was exhibited at the Royal Academy. After a hiatus of several years, his paintings were shown there regularly. For a while he worked as a portrait artist for an Aylesbury photographer, this training proved to be crucial as it "taught him how to observe closely and to give the greatest attention to detail. For many years, starting in 1874, Thomas Agnew and Sons purchased all the work he produced. Over this period he painted some of his most popular works. Most of his painting was done in the village of Shere close to Guildford, (a well-known retreat for artists) and near by Normandy. Morgan exhibited at Royal Academy (62), British Institute, Suffolk Street, Fine Art Society, Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts (20), Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool City Art Gallery (27). Manchester City Art Gallery (36), Royal Society of Oil painters (64), Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery (6). Works are in the Leeds and Sheffield Art Galleries and in the Walker Art gallery Liverpool. Alice Havers (1850-1890) and Arthur John Elsley (1860-1952) also used the Morgan children in many of their idyllic family life country scenes. Morgan married twice more with two children from his second marriage.
Height 20.00 inch (50.80 cm)
Width 15.00 inch (38.10 cm)
External Height 32.00 inch (81.28 cm)
External Width 27.00 inch (68.58 cm)
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Oil painting on canvas
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