**PAIR** of oil paintings on canvas either laid down or laid against board or panel, the horizontal image of a young man wearing a hat in a landscape 9" by 17", the vertical scene of a tawny hillside with thicket beyond and black birds in a partly cloudy sky 13" by 10", neither signed but on the reverse of the latter is 20th century writing: "Section from "Rabbit Warren" by Wm. Morris Hunt/Remnant from The Rabbit Warren by Wm Morris Hunt"; on the reverse of the horizontal composition is "from 'Rabbit Warren' by William Morris 1834-1896". An early twentieth century framer's label from the old San Diego gallery Orr's Gallery is on the stretcher of that work. I have analyzed the story here and concluded that the paintings are apparently by the hand of the mid 19th century English artist WILLIAM WALKER MORRIS, not William Morris, and not WIlliam Morris Hunt. The subject matter, the handling of the boy's face and the backgrounds suggest that William Walker Morris was indeed the artist. Whoever did the research previously had misidentified the creator of these. In any event, it was fortunate for art history that these two fragments of an originally larger and grander composition were saved at all. They appear to have apparently fit together originally with the boy to the left and slightly below the hillside image (as they appear together in my first photo). Condition is good with soiling and varnish issues consistent with great age, and craquelure in both, the hillside scene most affected, with a lot of parallel cracks as shown. However the paint does not seem to be unstable. The stained oak frame of the hillside scene is really quite nice, with gold accents in the decorative corners. See the net for more images by this English artist, who painted landscapes, terriers foxing, and other traditional subject matter.
WILLIAM WALKER MORRIS (fl. 1850-1867) English art **PAIR** of paintings preserved from an originally larger composition