Catalogue entry

T03623 Factories Bordering the River c. 1886

Oil on canvas 10 1/8 × 14 1/2 (257 × 370)
Inscribed ‘P Maitland’ b.l.
Presented anonymously in memory of Terence Rattigan 1983
Prov: The artist's family; ...; John Baillie, New Zealand; Bartholomew Bailey; the donor 1965

This, along with most of the other Maitland entries, has no exhibition history listing, or at best an incomplete one. The difficulties of researching an accurate exhibition history and a provenance for these works are two-fold. The first difficulty concerns the titles of the works: many works share the same title and equally many works have had their titles altered over the years so it is usually not possible to be sure whether the title is the original one or a later variant. Since early twentieth century catalogues rarely gave dimensions along with titles, it has not been possible to turn to such material to assist in identifying works with titles, and therefore to identify which work with which title appeared in a particular exhibition. Secondly, on Maitland's death in May 1909, he left everything to one of his two sisters, Maggie Maitland. In July 1909, a private memorial exhibition of Maitland's work was mounted, for one week, at 7 More's Gardens, Chelsea, and because of this, his two sisters put their own paper labels on the back of all the works in their care, with their own titles and dates, caring little for art-historical cataloguing accuracy. These labels therefore have only added to the confusion surrounding the possible identification of exhibited works. As a result, the paintings have been dated on stylistic grounds and through changes in the artist's signature.

From 1878 to 1889 the Maitland family - Paul, his mother and his two sisters Maggie and Ada - lived at 7 Edith Terrace, London, S W 10. Edith Terrace is a short stretch of road parallel to the King's Road and to the Thames, and Maitland in the late 1880s painted numerous small works en plein air recording the topography of the Chelsea and Battersea banks of the river.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986