A beautifully printed 1905 chromolithograph published by Pears Soap after the painting by F. W. Morgan (1856-1927) being one of three plates originally presented with Pears Annual 1905. A young boy is depicted presenting a handful of freshly picked ripe strawberries to a blond haired young girl, who wears a white dress and amber necklace whilst he accompanies her wild flower picking. This is one of two versions of 'Sweethearts' that Morgan painted. Some early tears have been repaired.
Frederick Morgan (1856-1927) was one of the greatest British genre painters of his time specializing in happy childhood scenes. His works were very popular as attested by the large number of reproductions created and sold during his lifetime.
Frederick Morgan was born in London, England in 1847. His father John Morgan (1823-1886) was a genre artist. Fred worked for three years as a portrait artist in Aylesbury and was engaged by a photographic firm to paint family portraits for those clients who were not satisfied with photographs only. In addition to portraits, he painted other subjects that included rustic idealized peasants and domestic genre mostly of happy childhood scenes. Starting 1874 Messers Agnew and Sons purchased all his work for a number of years. Fred’s popularity increased, as did the demand for his paintings of children scenes. Although he was an excellent child portraitist, he “had a problem painting animals,” As a result, he cooperated with other artists for his images that depicted children with their pets. Among them were the artist Allen Sealey (1850-1927) who specialized in canine portraits, and the genre artist Arthur J. Elsley (1860- 1952). The latter took on that role when he moved into Fred’s studio at 7 North Bank, St, John’s Wood in 1889. Three of these photogravures of one of his best known paintings, entitled QueenAlexandra,Her Grandchildren and Dogs (1902, dogs painted by T. Blinks) were hung in Buckingham Palace.
Fred Morgan married three times. During his lifetime Fred exhibited more than two hundred works at various exhibitions. These included the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Oil Painters (of which he was a founding member), Burlington House, and the Manchester City Art Gallery.
His works can be seen in the following museums and galleries in the United Kingdom: Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Lancashire; Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley, Lancashire; City Art Gallery, Leeds; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth; and Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight.
Chromolithograph/Colour Lithograph, some cracking and condition issues.
24 1/4 x 18 inc. Letters
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