Archibald Standish Hartrick
The Penitents’ Bench 1904

Artwork details

The Penitents’ Bench
Date 1904
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 267 x 365 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1934
Not on display

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

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