The Christopher Hotel
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John Charles Maggs

British, (1819-1896)
The Christopher Hotel
Oil on canvas, signed & labelled ‘Bath’

John Charles Maggs was a well-known coaching scene painter who was born at 5 James Street, Bath in 1819. His father, James Maggs was an artist and furniture japanner and his uncle was a portrait painter. He studied in Italy for 2 years before returning to Bath where he established himself as a painter and began to specialise in coaching scenes.

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. Although he does not appear to have exhibited he enjoyed great popularity during his lifetime winning important patrons such as Queen Victoria, the Duke of Beaufort and Joseph Grego. He died at his home in Bath on 3 November 1896 aged 77.

Maggs painted a number of coaching scenes based in Bath including this fine example of the Christopher Hotel, located on Bath High Street. The hotel was one of many inns that sprang up after the London-Bath route was opened. The first regular stage coach from London to Bath started in 1667 running 3 times a week, with a daily service beginning in 1711. On Monday 2 August, 1784, the first mail-coach in England set out between London and Bristol, stopping at Bath and provided a quicker and safer way of transporting mail as well as passengers. The Bath Road, (A4) was the main road linking Bristol and London and it took 2 days for passengers to travel between Bath and London.

The Christopher Hotel dates from the Georgian period, around 1730 and possibly earlier and was situated near to the Roman Baths and the Victoria Art Gallery. During the late 1800's, Bath Rugby Club would sometimes entertain visiting teams at the hotel. However, by the end of the 19th century transportation of mail and passengers by horse and carriage had been replaced by the railways. By the 1970’s, it had closed as a hotel and was repurposed as another business. Due its location, it was deemed part of the Bath conservation area and as a result, the building can still be seen today and still bears the original name of the hotel on the façade.

Presentation The work is housed in its original gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
Condition As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.

Dimensions

Image Size 13.5 inches x 25.5 inches (34.5cm x 65cm)
Framed Size 21 inches x 33 inches (53.5cm x 84cm)
£3,700.00