Now on view in Piano Nobile’s exhibition ‘Defining British Art’, this portrait was painted in the wanderjahr which Cedric Morris spent studying and travelling in Europe.
One day Rupert Doone, the ballet dancer, came to Paris. He was then just beginning to dance. He was very poor and had posed for Cedric Morris and [Frank] Dobson. He had a very fine head. He sat for the Academies to make a little money. I wanted to paint him.
And so she did; her portrait of Doone is now in Doncaster Museum. He subsequently distinguished himself, along with his partner Robert Medley, as the founder of Group Theatre – ‘one of the most influential experimental theatre companies in the 1930s’, which produced the plays of Shakespeare and Stephen Spender among others and included artistic contributions from Benjamin Britten, Duncan Grant and Henry Moore.