T03647 The Three Public-Houses, Morning Sun Light c.
Oil on canvas 30 × 27 3/4 (760 × 705)
Presented anonymously in memory of Terence Rattigan 1983
Prov: The artist's family; ...; Leicester Galleries; Hugh Beaumont; the donor
Exh: London Impressionists, Goupil Gallery, December 1889 (49); Twenty-Ninth Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow, February–April 1890 (734, £40); Munchner Fahres-Ausstellung im Glaspalast, Munich, 1891 (922d, as ‘Die Drei Wirtshäuser’); Artists at the Leicester Galleries from 1902–1969, Morley Gallery, October–November 1969 (39, as ‘Cheyne Walk’); British Art 1890–1928, The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio, February–March 1971 (58, as ‘Cheyne Walk’, repr.)
Lit: ‘The London Impressionists’, The Sunday Chronicle, 15 December 1889, repr. p.5
This view is Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, between Blantyre Street and Riley Street, looking east towards Battersea Bridge. J.M.W. Turner once lived in the house to the left of the ivy covered building.
Maitland lived in the family home at 7 Edith Terrace, Chelsea from 1878 to 1889. In 1887 and 1888 he also used 12 Bolton Studios, the home of Theodore Roussel, as an address from which works were sent to exhibitions. Roussel (1847–1926) came to England from France in 1874.
‘The Three Public-Houses, Morning Sun Light’ was painted after Maitland met Roussel and became his part-time student. It is one of Maitland's largest paintings. According to the donor Roussel encouraged Maitland to exhibit his paintings and to paint larger works which could more suitably be exhibited.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986