MORGANS, Phyllis May

1911 - 2001

As Phyllis May Murdock, she was born at 67 Sketty Road, Enfield, Middlesex on 29 August 1911, second child of Sidney George Murdock (1880-1971), drapery warehouseman, and his wife Annie Elizabeth née Thompson (1879-1966), who married at Edmonton in 1908, Phyllis's elder brother Leonard Arthur had been born in 1909. She married at Edmonton in 1935, a Welshman Dr Wilfred Morley Morgans, FRSC (1907-1999) and worked under the name of Phyllis Morgans. She studied at St Martins School of Art where her principal subject was fashion design but later turned to painting, initially portraiture and illustration. In 1939 living at Millman Southend Farm, Dursley, Gloucestershire. A member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art and made an Honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers. Phyllis painted mainly in oils and sold many of her paintings at Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds. She exhibited at the Royal Society of Marine Artist and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and held a considerable number of solo shows and many of her works have been reproduced, several in the 'Laing' calendars. She lived and worked at The Green, Walberswick, Suffolk from 1971 and departed for Spain in 1989 but she died at Ipswich in 2001. Her work is well represented in both private and public collections, including that of the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Her daughter Helen M. Morgans (born 1937) is a well-known Colchester based artist who exhibited at the 'Visions of Sudbury' at St Peter's Church in 2009 an acrylic 'Summertime, Market Hill'.




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