T03630 By Hyde Park Gate, Kensington Gardens c. 1906
Oil on panel (cigar box lid) 3 7/8 × 7 1/8 (99 × 180)
Inscribed ‘P M’ b.l.
Presented anonymously in memory of Terence Rattigan 1983
Prov: The artist's family;...; John Baillie, New Zealand; Bartholomew Bailey; the donor 1965
From 1895 to 1897 Maitland lived in a studio at 45 Roland Gardens, SW, and then from 1897 until his death in 1909 he lived at 3 Cheniston Gardens Studios, Cheniston Gardens, W. He actually died at a friend's house at Shottermill in Surrey. The decision to move from the Chelsea area to Kensington brought about an attendant change in his subject material. From the late 1890s his views of Chelsea and the banks of the Thames diminished and instead he began to concentrate on scenes found in the southern half of Kensington Gardens and the streets bordering Kensington Road. Maitland's health was always poor, after an injury to his back as a baby. This resulted in curvature of his spine which worsened with the years, effectively curtailing his painting activity. He could not walk far, particularly if carrying easel, panel and paints, and Chelsea and the Thames were obviously too far for pedestrian trips from a base in Kensington. In the last decade of his life he recorded the seasonal and atmospheric changes of a section of Kensington Gardens. For other views of this subject, see T03631, T03632, T03633 and T03634.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986