Thomas Corsan Morton

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Morton in around 1890

Thomas Corsan Morton (1859–1928) was a Scottish artist, known as one of the Glasgow Boys.


Sun glitter on the Forth

Born in Glasgow, Morton worked briefly in a lawyer's office, and went to the city's School of Art. After a period at the Slade School in London, he studied in Paris under Gustave Boulanger and Jules Joseph Lefebvre. He exhibited widely in the UK and beyond, often in exhibitions with work by other members of the Glasgow School, including Secessionist exhibitions in Munich in the 1890s.

Morton was primarily a landscape artist. Some of his work came from summer painting trips with others of the "Boys". These included stays in Kirkcudbright and in Cockburnspath, James Guthrie's home, in the 1880s.

He taught landscape painting at the Glasgow School of Art, and assisted Francis Newbery with the life drawing classes. In May 1908, he was appointed Keeper of the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. After retiring from that post in 1925 he became Curator of the newly established Art Gallery in Kirkcaldy, where he died in December 1928. He is buried in the Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh with his wife Amelie Robertson, whom he married in 1890.