Cedric Morris Lectures at The Garden Museum

The arrival of sunshine at last seems very fitting for the opening this week of Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman at the Garden Museum. Uplifting flower paintings based upon his garden at Benton End in Suffolk are on display alongside still-lifes and landscapes at this small exhibition. A devoted plantsman as well as a painter, Morris cultivated over 90 varieties of Iris at the home he shared with partner, Arthur Lett-Haines. The pair founded the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing where Lucian Freud trained and later Maggi Hambling. Cedric Morris is often overlooked in favour of his peers, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Paul Nash and Christopher Wood but that’s set to be re-addressed with this exhibition and the concurrent, Cedric Morris: Beyond the Garden Wall at the Philip Mould & Company Pall Mall gallery.

Book now for the Garden Museum’s series of lectures that run alongside the exhibitions:

The Cedric Morris Lectures: Discovering Cedric Morris with Philip Mould OBE

Philip Mould, art dealer, broadcaster, and writer will give a personal account of how he ‘discovered’ Cedric Morris and the reasons for his attachment to him as a painter and naturalist.

Tuesday 1st May, 7-8.30pm

The Cedric Morris Lectures: Irises, Gardening and Friends

Image: May Flowering Irises No2, 1935, Sir Cedric Morris, © Philip Mould & Company, Cedric Morris Estate

Sarah Cook, former Head Gardener at Sissinghurst and Biologist Clive Lundquist, will be discussing Cedric Morris through his work as a plantsman and an artist, and what we can learn about Morris from this.

Tuesday 8th May, 7-8.30pm

The Cedric Morris Lectures: Reflections and Reminiscences

An evening of reminiscences of Cedric Morris from those who knew him, including friends such as Lady Wakefield who knew Morris from when she was a child and her mother was part of the Benton End circle, Celia Lyttelton journalist, currently writing a biography of Cedric Morris and Richard Morphet who curated a retrospective of Morris’ work at Tate in 1984.

Tuesday 5th June, 7-8.30pm

The Cedric Morris Lectures: Plant: Exploring the botanical world through art

Image: Easter Bouquet, 1934, Sir Cedric Morris, © Philip Mould & Company, Cedric Morris Estate

Jamie Compton shows how important botanical art has been to humanity over the centuries, using a set of images to demonstrate this. In the past identification of plants often included images that enabled people to distinguish between edible and poisonous plants. The illustrative process was immensely revolutionised by the printing process in the 15thcentury. The tools we have available to us today, however, are beyond the wildest dreams of our ancestors and make accuracy in identification of plants so much more reliable.

Tuesday 19th June, 7-8.30pm

(Holding Image: Poppies, 1926, Sir Cedric Morris, © Philip Mould & Company, Cedric Morris Estate)


Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman
18 April - 22 July 2018
Garden Museum Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7LB
£10 – £25
— Daisy Allsup
18th April 2018