British & Continental Art
September 11 — 16, 2021
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John Charles Maggs (1819-1895)
Lot 18 Details
John Charles Maggs (1819-1895), British
LONDON TO BATH, THE GEORGE INN - CHELTENHAM, 1888
Oil on canvas; signed and dated 1888 lower right, titled and dated 1888 to gallery label verso
14 ins x 26.25 ins; 35.6 cms x 66.7 cms
Alex Fraser Galleries, Vancouver gallery label verso;
A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals, Toronto, November 26, 2019, Lot 324;
Estate of W.A. Ross MacFadden, Toronto
John Charles Maggs was a well-known painter of coaching scenes who was born in Bath, UK. He ran a school of painting at his studio located at 34 Gay Street known as the Bath Art Studio, where his daughter assisted him. During his lifetime, Maggs was widely patronized by lovers of coaching, including Queen Victoria, the Duke of Beaufort and Joseph Grego. The Bath Road, depicted in “London to Bath, the George Inn - Cheltenham,” 1888, was the main thoroughfare linking Bristol and London. It took two days for passengers to travel between Bath and London.
Maggs carried out the tradition of coaching painting well into the railway age. His single and paired canvases of this subject were highly regarded by the late Toronto businessman and prominent art collector, Ross MacFadden, for their level of detail and realistic depiction. Mr. MacFadden's personal art files include correspondence from various art galleries in the UK offering him oils as well as fine prints.