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This painting was a gift from the cookery writer Elizabeth David. Her now classic publications of the early 1950s on Mediterranean food and cooking signalled an end to wartime deprivation. In 1940, he moved to the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Suffolk, where he helped alleviate wartime food shortages by growing natural produce for his students. This soon became the dominant subject of his paintings.

Here the eggs are tipped toward the viewer like objects of wonder and fecundity. The picture's bold use of colour was typical of Morris; he encouraged his students to reject the muddy tonality which characterised much contemporary British painting.

August 2004