1874 - 1904

Oil on canvas, signed upper right

Image size: 16 x 20 inches

Hand made gilt frame

Likely exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1891 number 940.

Painter of genre and portraits born near Sunderland who attended the Government School of Design in Newcastle upon Tyne where he studied under William Cosens Way and at the Royal College of Art.

Little is known about George Morton as a practising artist aside from his having assisted with work on the pair of monumental frescoes commissioned from the leading Victorian artist Frederic Leighton in 1868 to decorate the south court of the recently opened South Kensington Museum in London (now the Victoria and Albert Museum).

George Morton painted many scenes from the ancient world, this one is particularly well executed. One lady pulls aside the curtain to show us the man waiting by the pool to see the lady, who seems a little apprehensive looking over her friend’s shoulder.