MORGAN, Alfred Edward

1835 - 1924

Alfred Morgan

Born at Claydon near Ipswich, Suffolk on 19 October 1835, and baptised at Claydon on 16 July 1837, third child of Daniel Morgan (1807-1866), a shoe maker, and his wife Lydia née Baxter (1809-1867), who married at Claydon on 21 October 1831. In 1841, Alfred was living at The Street, Claydon with his parents, Daniel and Lydia and four siblings, Caroline, William, Daniel and Joseph. Alfred trained in Norwich for four and a half years and by 1851, a 25 year old artist & postcard promoter, living at 6 Thistle Grove, Kensington, London where he continued his training. He married at Ipswich in 1867, Jessey Roe (13 July 1833-16 March 1908). Painter of still life, dead game and flowers, genre, portraits, landscapes, historical and scriptural subjects and exhibited at the Royal Academy 1862-1904 ‘The Young Pretender’ 1864, ‘A Dead Pheasant’ 1867, ‘Baby’s Nosegay’ 1873 and ‘Return of the Prodigal Son’ 1902, also exhibiting at the British Institution; Society of British Artists and Grosvenor Gallery between 1864 and 1917, from London. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1884-1923 but was exhibiting from at least 1881 when he exhibited from 23 Clareville Grove, South Kensington, London four works 'Leatherhead Bridge, Autumn', 'Evening, Hertfordshire', 'A Rustic Nosegay' and 'Ready for the Feast' and four works in each of 1882, 1883, 1884 and 1885 and was a regular exhibitor but his last exhibits, from the same address, were in 1888, three watercolours 'Welbourne Minster', 'Among the Quarries' and 'Winchelsea Churchyard'. In 1899 he exhibited from 59 Albert Bridge Road, Battersea, London 'A Summer's Day, Bury, Sussex', 'French Roses', 'Moss Roses' and 'Spring Flowers' after which he exhibited from 30 Palewell Road, East Sheen, Surrey. Morgan supplemented his income by giving private tuition and taking on ceiling and other architectural decoration, including work on the redecoration of Warwick Castle after an extensive fire. In 1901, a 65 year old artist painter living at 30 Palewell Park, Mortlake, Surrey with his 67 year old wife Jessey with three of his six children including artist Owen Baxter Morgan and was still there ten years later. His paintings after 1920 are noted for lack of clarity as Alfred was suffering from deteriorating eyesight. He died at Mortlake, Surrey on 17 March 1924, aged 88 and his 1924 exhibits at Ipswich were from 30 Palewell Road 'the late Alfred Morgan' were four oils 'Looking towards Walberswick from Southwold', 'Carnations', 'Summer Roses' and 'Roses'. Alfred Morgan's most important painting was 'An Omnibus Ride to Piccadilly Circus: Mr Gladstone Travelling with Ordinary Passengers' from family photographs the 'ordinary passengers' have been identified as the artist and his wife Jessey seated in the far corners with daughter Jessie and son Owen seated beside their mother, the other lady has not been positively identified. This painting was purchased at auction by London dealer Richard Green in June 2003 for £476,000 and was recently offered for resale at £850,000. Three of his six children became accomplished artist, Alfred Kedington Morgan (23 July 1868-14 April 1828), Owen Baxter Morgan (9 April 1873-29 August 1920) with daughter Ethel Mahala Morgan (5 September 1875-22 December 1926).




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