This London scene includes Northumberland House, on Trafalgar Square, and a view along Charing Cross. The artist, William Henry Haines, exhibited a view of 'Northumberland House' at the 'Art Treasures' exhibition in Darwen, Lancashire, in 1879. However, it may not have been this work because it is a subject he painted more than once. A version now in the Royal Bank of Scotland Art Collection is dated 1879, while another was sold through Bonham’s, London, on 5 April 1990.
Northumberland House, built in around 1605, was located at the western end of the Strand. It was the London residence of the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland. During the early 19th century, Trafalgar Square was constructed around the house but the building was demolished just before this work was painted, in 1874.
William Henry Haines was a painter, mainly of domestic scenes. He was based in London and exhibited between 1843 and 1884, showing an impressive 108 works at the Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street, 40 at the British Institution, 30 at the Royal Academy and at least 45 at other venues.
Purchased from the Alexander Gallery, February 1977
Collection of stockbroker and collector Walter Maximilian de Zoete (1845-1934) of Layer Breton Lodge, Colchester, and Blenheim House, North Berwich; by whose executors sold through Christie's, London, on 5 April 1935 (Lot 71), for £26.15; from which sale purchased by ‘Mrs. Wood’; with Christopher Wood; from whom purchased by the Department of the Environment in February 1977
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