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Harry Morley RWS (1881-1943) - Signed 1920 Watercolour, Tithe Barn, Wrexham



A very fine watercolour sketch with pen and ink detail from English artist Harry Morley RWS (1881-1943), depicting a Welsh Farmyard with thatched barn and cattle. Known for his watercolour studies of street scenes and classical tempura figurative paintings, this delicate portrayal of a quaint farmyard perfectly captures Morley's exquisite use of expressive mark making.

Built between 1360 and 1370, this historical tithe barn still stands today near Wrexham, North Wales. Historically tithe barns would have stored the produce provided by the local people and a percentage of this would have been passed on to the landlord as a form of rent.

Morley was elected an Associate of the RWS in 1927, an Associate of the RE in 1929, with full memberships following in 1931 and he acted as Vice-President at the RWS, 1937-41. He was also elected an Associate of the RA in 1936. Paintings by Morley are in the collections of Aberdeen Art Gallery, Bradford Museums and Galleries, Tate Gallery and Victoria Art Gallery.

This fine watercolour is well presented in a double card mount and gilt frame. Attached to the reverse is a biography about the artist and an exhibition label.

Signed and dated. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and areas of white spotting. The frame has a few minor marks, especially to the upper right corner. Otherwise the condition is good.


44 x 58cm (17.3" x 22.8")
Framed Size: 50 x 63cm (19.7" x 24.8")

Artist Biography

Harry Morley was a well regarded painter, illustrator and etcher born in Leicester in 1881. Morley studied Architecture at Leicestershire School of Art from 1897, gaining a scholarship to the RCA in 1900 furthering his studies before travels in Italy inspired him to paint. In 1901, he began training in the London office of the architect Arthur Beresford Pite (1861-1934). His work took him to France where he attend the Académie Julian in Paris before journeying on to Italy. Following his return to England, Morley appears to have abandoned thoughts of practising as an architect and embarked on a career as a painter, illustrator, and (from 1928) engraver. A prolific exhibitor he showed at Agnew's, Beaux Arts Gallery, RBA, Colnaghi's Chenil Gallery, Fine Art Society, Goupil Gallery, ISSPG, New English Art Club, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 7 & 5 Society, Arthur Tooth & Sons, Walker Art Gallery, MAFA, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy. Morley was also elected to the Art Workers' Guild in 1921 and was Master of that Society in 1936. Colour Magazine reproduced a painting entitled 'Lucina' in the May 1919 edition.


Wrexham, Wrexham, Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom

More Information
Code kj228
Artist Harry Morley RWS (1881-1943)
Date 1920
Dimensions 44 x 58cm
Framed Yes
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Architecture & Cityscapes
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