Throughout his days at Gray’s School of Art, Morrocco was an exacting and meticulous draughtsman. Under James Cowie (1886-1956) and Robert Sivell (1886-1958) he was taught the principles of the Italian Renaissance, in particular the Quattrocentro. It gave his pictures the poise and composure which comes from confidence in well-founded technique. Both tutors stalwartly believed in training based on the Renaissance emphasis on the importance of preliminary drawing and the structure of painting.
Cowie’s and Sivell’s resolve to adhere to the manner of the Old Masters stayed with Morrocco his whole life. Even in the later, intensely coloured paintings, for which Morrocco has become better known, the roots of his training are still evident in the ordered composition of the pictures.