UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

Thomas Corsan Morton, 1859-1928

Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 1859
Place of Birth: Glasgow
Date of Death: 1928
Place of Death: Kirkcaldy

Identity:

Thomas Corsan Morton was a landscape painter and pastelier.

Life:

Morton exhibited at Grosvenor Gallery, New English Art Club, Society of British Artists, a society which appointed JW its President in 1886, and International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, a society which formed with JW as its President in 1898. He also exhibied at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery. He was the Keeper of the National Galleries of Scotland and Curator of Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery.

Morton was among those Glasgow painters who in 1891 appended their names to a list requesting that the Corporation of Glasgow buy Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) (#12326). In 1892 JW was approached by Mary Newton Mann about contributing a sketch to an album of watercolours and black and white drawings in order to raise 400 guineas for Queen Margaret College in Glasgow. Morton was among those who had already promised his assistance (#03987).

Bibliography:

Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980; McEwan, Peter J. M., Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Woodbridge, 1994..