Dark brown ink drawing on paper, 11 3/4" by 18", unframed, signed at lower right "John Floyd Morris", titled ISCHIA NAPOLI. The artist is well listed, and is associated with California and the east coast, with askart noting exhibitions in Chicago and Palm Beach. He is perhaps best known for his modern and surrealistic paintings, but painted a wide range of subject matter, including clowns. Interestingly, a big collector of his work seems to have been none other than Noel Coward. When I was visiting at his home in Jamaica some years ago, "Firefly", now maintained as a museum/grave site, perched high on a mountain overlooking the north coast of the island, with an eye popping panoramic view, I noted that the house contained a number of works by this artist. Morris seems to have been a traveler, and his works seem to be widely dispersed, but many show up in Southern California as he spent time here. This drawing is evidently one of his earlier works, as the signature is different from the capital letter type signature of his mature years. Condition is as-is, with discoloration in the margins from old adhesive relating to the matting. That discoloration is strictly in the margins and does not have to be seen, with proper matting. The paper has a J. Whatman watermark and I believe it also says "hand made paper". See the other Morris works in my shop for comparison, and HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS AND PRINTS. Shippping wizard figures are guesstimates.
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