Archibald Standish Hartrick

The Penitents’ Bench


Watercolour on paper
Support: 267 x 365 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1934

Catalogue entry

Inscr. ‘The penitents' bench’ b.l., ‘A. S. Hartrick 04’ b.r., and ‘The old watchmaker’ and ‘convict 7 years & 15 months o'top for bad conduct (penitent)’ c., below second figure on left and central figure. On the back is inscribed ‘Salvation Army Shelter, Blackfriars.’ Watercolour, 10 1/2×14 3/8 (26·5×36·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the R.W.S. 1933.
Exh: R.W.S., summer 1933 (102); R.A., 1934 (729); Arts Council, 1951 (8), where dated c. 1902.
Repr: The Pall Mall Magazine, XXXV, No.143, March 1905, p.275, with the caption ‘The Scene before the service’; Apollo, XXIV, 1936, p.91.

This was one of a series of drawings made in 1904, at the Salvation Army Men's Shelter, 115A Blackfriars Road, London, which was used to illustrate the second of a series of articles by Charles Morley entitled ‘London at Prayer’ and published in The Pall Mall Magazine. The sub-title for this article was ‘The Men without a Home’, and Morley describes his visit one Sunday morning early in January to the Salvation Army Shelter. He tells how, after breakfast had been given to some five hundred men, a service was held in a white painted hall enlivened with Christmas decorations and improving illuminated texts such as that included in the drawing: ‘Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden & I will give you rest.’

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I