T03634 Kensington Gardens with Chairs and Figures c.
Oil on panel 4 1/4 × 6 7/8 (108 × 175)
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
T03634 shows a section of Kensington Gardens with the chairs for hire tipped diagonally against one another or against a tree. Park attendants used to tip them in this manner in the evening to prevent rain or dew collecting on the seats. The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford owns a Maitland, ‘Park Scene’, oil on canvas (10 1/4 × 18 1/8ins.) which shows these chairs in their upright position.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986