T03622 Hyacinth c. 1883
Oil on canvas 12 × 9 7/8 (305 × 250)
Inscribed ‘P F Maitland’ b.l.
Presented anonymously in memory of Terence Rattigan 1983
Prov: The artist's family; ...; Leicester Galleries; Peyton Skipwith; the donor 1968
Exh: The First Annual Exhibition of Flowers by Modern Flower Painters, and Water Colours by Vignoles Fisher, Baillie Gallery, March–April 1906 (22); Water Colours by Owen Merton. Paintings of London by Paul Maitland. Paintings by J.D. Innes, Leicester Galleries, May 1928 (43, as ‘Hyacinth in a ginger bowl’); First Exhibition of Paintings by Barbara Gilligan. Exhibition of Paintings by Paul Maitland, Leicester Galleries, November 1948 (67, as ‘Flowerpiece’); Clifford Hall, Recent Drawings. Felix Kelly, Paintings of America, Spain, Italy and New Zealand. Bateson Mason, Recent Paintings. Paul Maitland, An Exhibition of Little Paintings, Leicester Galleries, December 1952 (40, as ‘A Hyacinth in a ginger-jar’); Paul Maitland, Leicester Galleries, November 1962 (55, as ‘A Hyacinth in a ginger-jar’); The Early Years of the New English Art Club, Fine Art Society, February–March 1968 (65, as ‘Still Life-Hyacinth and Ginger-Jar)
Maitland enrolled as a student at the Royal College of Art in 1879. He took a year's leave of absence in 1880 due to illness, but he continued his studies from 1881–3. T03622 is thought to be a mature student work. Its subject matter, that of a still life closely observed, is rare in Maitland's, oeuvre and could well be still indebted to subjects chosen for students to paint at the Royal College. Also, in contrast with the swift handling of Maitland's later pictures, this painting is quite heavily worked.
Maitland signed this painting with a prominent signature and included his middle initial of F, for Fordyce, his grandmother's maiden name, a practice which only occurs with his early paintings.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986