George Ford Morris


George Ford Morris was born in St. Joseph, Mo., and was largely self-taught as a painter sculptor, illustrator and lithographer.   However, he had studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1888 and at the Julina Academy in Paris in 1925.  For a while, around 1907, he had a studio in New York on Thirty-third Street near the old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

 Horse Study was commissioned by the Associated American Artists of New York in 1945. Besides Horse Study , Morris published at least two other original lithographs with the A.A.A. during the 1940's decade.

 In 1952 Morris published Portraitures of Horses considered the horse book of the century. An amazing collection of his portraitures and sketches spanning over 40 years of his work. The pages are full of images of top Saddlebreds, Arabians, Show Hacks, pet dogs and more, creating a  chronicle album of "Town & Country" Americana.
Among the publications that Mr. Morris' illustrations appeared in were The American Horseman, Breeder's Gazette, Western Horseman, American Field, American Horseman, National Horseman, Arabian Horse News, Thoroughbred Record and Thoroughbred of California.  He also contributed to Century, Scribners and The Spur magazines.  

Morris died in Arcadia, California in 1960, after painting horses for more than seventy years.


Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"