Roger Langley has brought the Morgan family of Birmingham into the Cornish Artists' Index with his latest study of the life and work of his grandfather Walter LANGLEY. This is exactly the kind of 'data-building' which helps us greatly to provide the fullest historical picture of artistic life in Cornwall.
Walter Jenks Morgan was the younger brother of Charles MORGAN and was born in Bilston, near Birmingham. He was apprenticed to the Birmingham lithographer Thomas Underwood, and also studied at the School of Art and in classes run by the Society of Artists in Birmingham. From there he won a scholarship to study painting in the RA schools at South Kensington. His achievements as an artist were greater than his brother's, and he was best known for his watercolours and also for magazine and book illustrations.
Langley suggests that it is 'probable that the three Morgans visited Newlyn together in 1881, since both brothers first exhibited West Cornwall works in that year' (at Birmingham). WJM visited Newlyn twice again in 1882 and 1883.
works and access
Works incl: A Cornish Fishwife (1881); The Fishermaid (1882); On the Cornish Coast (1883)
Birmingham Art Circle (Pres)
Royal Birmingham Society (Assoc 1887, Member 1890)
Artists' Rifles (WWI)
misc further info
Langley R (2011) Walter Langley, From Birmingham to Newlyn Bristol: Sansom & Co. p116;
GRO - birthdate