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Mahoney, Charles

(1903 – 1968)

Oak Cottage, from the lane, late 1930's

Pastel and watercolour 

8.6 x 13.5in (21.7 x 34.3cm)

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artist’s Studio

During his years as a student Mahoney lodged at a succession of addresses – an inconvenience that his recurrent ill health
coupled with financial hardship and unscrupulous landlords did little to relieve. It was against this background that Oak
Cottage, his home from 1937, came to represent such permanence in his life and art. 

Acquired in 1937, Oak Cottage, in Wrotham, Kent, was very much Mahoney’s spiritual as well as actual home. It was also a
home for his mother, Bessie, after she left Anerley in 1937. Charles lived at Oak Cottage from 1937-40, during which period he
renovated it, and again from 1945 until his death in 1968. Once the garden that he planted had matured, he seldom worked
anywhere else. For Mahoney, Oak Cottage had something of the quality with which Stanley Spencer imbued his childhood
home, Fernlea; in both cases the frequent pictorial references to elements of the architecture and garden gives the location an
almost mystical quality. 

 Before settling at Wrotham in Kent, Mahoney’s landscape subjects were taken from the parts of southern England
where he spent his holidays: the Cotswolds, Wiltshire and Suffolk. He also produced occasional paintings when
visiting Edward Bawden and John Aldridge in Great Bardfield, Essex. After settling at Oak Cottage, excursions by
Mahoney were rare although he did produce paintings whilst at Pevensey in Sussex (1958), Veryan in Cornwall
(1959) and Puncknowle in Dorset (circa 1962), the latter two supported by the Artists’ General Benevolent
Institution.

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THE ARTIST

Mahoney, Charles

1903 – 1968

In his memoir Since 50, Men & Memories 1922-1938 (New York,1940, p. 236) the first two names that appear on William Rothenstein list of top Royal College of Art students were Henry Moore and Charles Mahoney – the list continues with the names of luminaries such as Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman Edward Le Bas, and Evelyn Dunbar. The process of reassuring Mahoney’s place in 20th century British Art has had several important milestones including the 1975 Ashmolean exhibition, the Liss Fine Art/Fine Art Society touring show (2000) and Mahoney’s predominant feature in Tate Britain’s The Art of the Garden, (2005) – but the process of reassessment still has a long way to go.

Painter, muralist, draughtsman and teacher. Born Cyril Mahoney in London – his fellow-student Barnett Freedman re-christened him Charlie at the Royal College of Art, which he attended 1922-6 after a period at Beckenham School of Art under Percy Jowett. Early on, Mahoney established a reputation as a conscientious teacher. He was at the Royal College 1928-53, from 1948-53 as a painting tutor, and was noted there for his concern for academic discipline. His portrait is included in Rodrigo Moynihan’s celebrated Teaching Staff of the Painting School at the Royal College of Art, 1949-50. From 1954 to 1963 he taught at the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting and from 1961 to 1968 at the Royal Academy Schools. He painted murals at Morley College 1928-30 with his colleagues Eric Ravillious and Edward Bawden. Unfortunately these murals were destroyed during World War II. The work led to further murals: at Brockley School, Kent, with Evelyn Dunbar; and at Campion Hall Lady Chapel, Oxford. His oil paintings are frequently of a religious nature. He was a skilled botanist, and many of his drawings depict his garden at Wrotham, Kent. He exhibited at NEAC and the RA, being made an RA elect in 1968. He is represented in the Tate Gallery and other public collections. The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, held a memorial exhibition in 1975. Exhibitions were held in 2000 at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Royal Museum and Art Gallery, Canterbury, and the Fine Art Society plc in association with Liss Fine Art.

MORE PICTURES BY ARTIST

Charles Mahoney
Room at the Queens Hotel, Ambleside, circa 1940
£1,950.00
Charles Mahoney
Sheet of Studies of Giant Sunflowers
£2,650.00
Charles Mahoney
Spring
£2,450.00
Charles Mahoney
Angel Playing Tubular Bells
£11,500.00
Charles Mahoney
Muses; Study for Self-portrait of the Artist at Work. 1950’s
£3,500.00
Charles Mahoney
Study of a sunflower head, mid 1930’s
£1,475.00
Charles Mahoney
Bathsheba, late 1940’s
£4,000.00
Charles Mahoney
Study of Nicolas Poussins 1648 painting: Madonna on the steps, mid 1920s
£600.00
Charles Mahoney
Study for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, circa 1935
£3,750.00
Charles Mahoney
Study for a fabric design, circa 1940
£1,875.00
Charles Mahoney
Design for a shop interior, circa 1925
£1,850.00
Charles Mahoney
Christmas tree in pot, 1956
£8,500.00
Charles Mahoney
First design for the Thomas More Altar, Cheyne Row, London, mid 1930s
£2,950.00
Charles Mahoney
Study for The Four Winds of Hilly Fields, ceiling design for Brockley County School, c. 1932-36
£1,650.00
Charles Mahoney
Wheelbarrow and basket
£1,800.00
Charles Mahoney
Still life with artist’s pamphlet Christmas Coleus, 1940’s
£5,000.00
Charles Mahoney
Studies of a Sunflower Plant, late 1950’s
£2,650.00
Charles Mahoney
Study of Foliage
£3,950.00
Charles Mahoney
The Willow Grove, Great Bardfield, Spring 1933
£6,500.00
Charles Mahoney
Distant view of Cotswolds Farm cottage, late 1920s
£5,750.00
Charles Mahoney
Two deckchairs and a watering can in a garden
£1,950.00
Charles Mahoney
The Artist and his Muses, c 1961
£2,500.00
Charles Mahoney
Studies for watering can, mid 1930’s
£2,500.00
Charles Mahoney
Study for Morley College murals, circa 1928
£1,950.00
Charles Mahoney
Mural design for Campion Hall – fleeing figures, circa 1940
£650.00
Charles Mahoney
Adam and Eve (Mahoney and Dunbar) Dancing, c.1934
£1,275.00
Charles Mahoney
Orange box (TRYPTICH)
£3,000.00
Charles Mahoney
Allegory in an allotment, circa 1935
£1,060.00
Charles Mahoney
Study for Adam and Eve, (Tate Britain) circa 1935
£3,500.00
Charles Mahoney
Compositional study for The pleasures of Life at Morley College, 1928-30
£3,960.00
Charles Mahoney
Digs at Ambleside, c.1940
£2,650.00
Charles Mahoney
Street scene with children wearing gas masks, circa 1940
£1,950.00
Charles Mahoney
The hearth at Oak Cottage, circua 1938
£2,500.00
Charles Mahoney
Still life of bread, brioche and a knife, circa 1935
£3,500.00
Charles Mahoney
The beach at Pevensey, circa 1958
£3,500.00
Charles Mahoney
Study of a Sunflower, late 1940s
£12,000.00
Charles Mahoney
Lenten Roses
£3,800.00
Charles Mahoney
Woodburner with Cosmos in a vase
£9,500.00
Charles Mahoney
Study of a grumpy cherub, for Campion Hall, early 1940’s
£1,250.00
Charles Mahoney
Design for the wall above the altar at Campion Hall, Two Angels Overlooking a Garden
£9,500.00
Charles Mahoney
Design for the altar wall, Annunciation in an allotment, circa 1942
£7,750.00
Charles Mahoney
Children sleeping – illustration to a fable, mid 1920’s
£12,750.00