John Maggs

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James Charles Maggs (17 September 1819 – 3 November 1896) was a painter best known for his coaching scenes. He has sometimes been referred to as John Maggs.[1]

He was born and Baptized in London, England in 1819, his father being a furniture japanner from Bath.[2] He painted a series of famous coaching inns, and also a series of 80 metropolitan inns, in which he exploited the picturesque and historical aspect of his subject, to which his talent was best suited. Other subjects he painted include Newmarket Races, Robbing the Mails, The News of Waterloo, The Market Place at Bath.[2] The period he illustrated spans about two centuries; from the days before Hogarth, to the end of the reign of William IV.[3] His work enjoyed great popularity at a time when there was much interest in such vivid reconstruction of the 'romantic past'.

James Maggs' father, also James, is recorded as an artist at Bath 1837–1841 and his uncle as a portrait painter 1846–1848. His daughter also assisted at his studio, known as the Bath Art Studio.[4] Maggs lived in Bath his whole life, and died there on 3 November 1896, aged 77.


  1. ^ "John Charles Maggs (1819–1896)". Adrian Alan. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "John Charles Maggs". Sutcliffe Galleries. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Maggs, John Charles". Wakefield-Scearce Galleries. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Artist: John Charles Maggs". J.M. Stringer Gallery. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2014.