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Paul Fordyce Maitland, 1869-1909

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1869
Place of Birth: London
Date of Death: 1909.05
Place of Death: London


Maitland was a painter.


Paul Fordyce Maitland had been a student at the Royal College. He was a shy and retiring artist who suffered from physical handicaps which resulted in him exhibiting little.

Like his teacher Théodore Roussel, he chose to paint the environs of Chelsea. It was though Roussel that Maitland came into contact with JW and his circle.

As a follower of JW he bacame associated with the Society of British Artists. JW became president of the SBA in June 1886. The society became dissatisfied with JW and in the next annual election, 1888, voted him out of office. Maitland, along with others, withdrew from the 1888 exhibition.

Maitland never exhibited with the SBA, but he did submit to the NEAC from 1888, and was included in the 'London Impressionist' group. He submitted six of his characteristic paintings of the Chelsea landscape to be exhibited at the Goupil Gallery in December 1889.


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