This is an antique painting of one of John Charles Maggs’ (1819 – 1896) most popular countryside subjects, circa 1860.
It depicts a coaching inn with in the foreground a horse drawn carriage inscribed with the name of the Victorian furniture removals and storage company, Barnby Bendal & Co.
Barnby Bendal & Co were based in Cheltenham and were in business from 1839 to 1976.
The painting is oil on canvas and bears the artist’s signature in the lower left corner.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 112 x Width 86 – Painting
Height 128 x Width 101 – Frame
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 8 inches x Width 2 feet, 10 inches – Painting
Height 4 feet, 2 inches x Width 3 feet, 4 inches – Frame
John Charles Maggs (1819–1896) was a painter best known for his coaching scenes. He was born in Bath, England in 1819, his father being a furniture japanner there. He painted a series of famous coaching inns, and also a series of 80 metropolitan inns, in which he exploited the picturesque and historical aspect of his subject, to which his talent was best suited.
Other subjects he painted include Newmarket Races, Robbing the Mails, The News of Waterloo, The Market Place at Bath. The period he illustrated spans about two centuries; from the days before Hogarth, to the end of the reign of William IV. His work enjoyed great popularity at a time when there was much interest in such vivid reconstruction of the ‘romantic past’.
John Maggs’ father, James, is recorded as an artist at Bath 1837–1841 and his uncle as a portrait painter 1846–1848. His daughter also assisted at his studio, known as the Bath Art Studio. Maggs lived in Bath his whole life, and died there on 3 November 1896, aged 77.
Our reference: 02087
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