“The Young Babysitter”
A charming oil on canvas painting by John Morgan (1823-1866) entitled “The Young Babysitter” depicting a young girl seated by a baby under an umbrella while her Mother works in the field behind her.
Works by this artist often sell for very high prices at auction. Some examples are included at the end of the photos.
Frame: Presented in a decorative gilt wooden frame.
Signature: Lower left.
Provenance: UK Private collection
Condition: Painting and frame are both in very good condition. The painting has been re-lined and there are some small areas of re-touching visible in the sky under a blacklight.
Measurements: Painting measures 90 x 60cm and the overall frame 110 x 80cm.
Biography: John Morgan (1823-1886) was born in Pentonville, London. He was married to Henrietta (nee Clare) and had three children. His son Frederick, born 1846, also became a much celebrated artist.
John Morgan suffered from a bad chest and by the mid-1860s he seems to have begun visiting a number of places with a view to finding a home more congenial to his health. By the 1870s the family had moved to Guildford and here Morgan painted a number of works including The Storm.
Whilst studying at the London School of Design, Morgan was also apprenticed as a wood carver and designer to the furniture makers, Gillow, Jackson and Graham.
To further his career as an artist he moved to Paris where he studied under the designers, Thomas Couture (1815-1879) and Paul Delaroche (1797-1856). Morgan’s work was also influenced by the work of other Victorian genre painters, most notably Thomas Webster (1800-1886) and William Powell Frith (1819-1909).