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Cedric Morris and Lett-Haines – the great double act of the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing

Blog | By The Old Un | Jul 09, 2024

Flowers in a Portuguese Landscape by Cedric Morris

At last, the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing is getting its due.

The school was set up by Cedric Morris (1889-1982) and Arthur Lett-Haines (1894-1978) in Dedham, Essex, in 1937.

After the building burnt down, they moved to Benton End, Suffolk. Pupils included Lucian Freud and Maggi Hambling.

And now, in the biggest show of its kind since 1984, both artists are celebrated at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, in Revealing Nature: The Art of Cedric Morris and Lett-Haines (until 3rd November).

Cedric Morris was always the more celebrated of the two painters, not least for his iris pictures. He was also a great plantsman, producing 90 named iris varieties.

The show puts Lett-Haines on an equal footing, featuring his surrealist works, as well as his own flower pictures.

Set side by side, you can see that Lett-Haines was quite a match for his dear companion.