Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, Bt. (1889-1982)
The energy of the frantic gulls can be felt as they swoop in to collect the bounty left behind by the retreating tide...
In late 1929, Morris and Lett took the lease of Pound Farm in Higham, Suffolk. During this period, Morris began painting works reminiscent of those produced during his time in Brittany, France, such as Seagulls at Douarnenez, Brittany (1927) (Private collection) and Newlyn, Cornwall, which often focus on small local communities bound by traditional means of industry, in particular, fishing.
The present work depicts Pin Mill, situated on the Suffolk coast with the premises of ‘Harry King & Sons’ boat and yacht builders clearly depicted in the background. The resident maritime craftsmen of Pin Mill are still in business today, and the surrounding area remains much the same as when Morris painted this endearing and active portrayal of daily life along the estuary of the River Orwell. Provincial scenes such as this were immensely important to Morris, and they form a large and enduring feature of his artistic output. In this work, it is possible to interpret Morris’s profound scrutiny of the natural world and its interaction with human activity. The energy of the frantic gulls can be felt as they swoop in to collect the bounty left behind by the retreating tide. Their seemingly indifferent attitude towards the presence of the viewer further reinforces the effect that we are glimpsing the uninterrupted natural behaviour of the gulls in their quest to find food.