WILLIAM WALKER MORRIS
1834 – 1896
Title: “Waiting for the Master”
Date: circa 1860
Framed Size: Height 37 3/4 inches Width 58 inches
William Walker Morris is considered to be one of the finest English sporting painters of the Victorian period. He received his formal art training at the Royal Academy Schools and was influenced by Sir Edwin Landseer who was commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Victoria to paint portraits of her favourite dogs.
Morris exhibited the following paintings between 1850 – 1867 at the Royal Academy, British Institution and the British Academy: 1850, no. 168 The task; 1851, no. 662 The match seller and no. 4, Georgina Terrace, Deptford; 1854, no. 1339 The pets and no. 4 Erith Cottages, Deptford; 1855, no. 627 Left in charge and no. 1374 The shepherd’s devotion “Thy will be done, etc.”; 1856, no. 450 The gamekeeper’s son and no. 20 Albert Road, Peckham; 1867, no. 960 Sketches from life. He was noted for painting sporting scenes, especially gun dogs, painting with a quick sure hand and a rich palette.
Waiting for the Master is a wonderful example of Walker’s work, original and attentive to detail, capturing the integrity of the hunting dog to true perfection and epitomizing the very best in sporting art of the period. It is presented in excellent condition and is signed by the artist. Provenance Frost & Reed label verso.