Charles Mahoney (1903-1968):
Kitchen at Oak Cottage, circa 1937
Framed (ref: 9502)
Oil on canvas
Provenance: The Artist's Estate
Acquired in 1937, Oak Cottage, in Wrotham, Kent, was very much Mahoney’s spiritual as well as actual home. Charles lived there 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.
Photo; with thanks to Fred Hohler.