Public Collection

On Loan

Finney, Hubert Arthur

(1905 – 1991)

Theatre Royal Haymarket by Night, circa 1955

SKU: 6323

Signed, titled to reverse

Oil on canvas

Size:
Height: 30.5cm
Width: 40.5cm

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artist’s Studio

Exhibited: The Lightbox, Woking, Out of the Shadows, 2020, cat 84

Finney spent a year  teaching in America (on an exchange program)  with the University of Wisconsin in the USA. living in Milwaukee. Stimulated by his new environment  he produced a vibrant body of new work inspired by  friendships with celebrated American artists such as Joe Freibert and Danny Pierce, drawing, like them scenes around Chicago. On returning to the UK the influence of his American sojourn can be clearly seen in paintings such as Theatre Royal Haymarket by Night which has many of the evocative qualities of the work of Edward Hopper

  

Nevinson, The Strand by Night

The Theatre Royal Haymarket (also known as Haymarket Theatre or the Little Theatre) is a West End theatre in the Haymarket in the City of Westminster which dates back to 1720, making it the third-oldest London playhouse still in use. Samuel Foote acquired the lease in 1747, and in 1766 he gained a royal patent to play legitimate drama (meaning spoken drama, as opposed to opera, concerts or plays with music) in the summer months. The original building was a little further north in the same street. It has been at its current location since 1821, when it was redesigned by John Nash. It is a Grade I listed building, with a seating capacity of 888. The freehold of the theatre is owned by the Crown Estate.

The Haymarket has been the site of a significant innovation in theatre. In 1873, it was the venue for the first scheduled matinée performance, establishing a custom soon followed in theatres everywhere. Its managers have included Benjamin Nottingham WebsterJohn Baldwin BuckstoneSquire BancroftCyril MaudeHerbert Beerbohm Tree, and John Sleeper Clarke, brother-in-law of John Wilkes Booth, who quit America after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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THE ARTIST

Finney, Hubert Arthur

1905 – 1991

Hubert Arthur Finney was a painter, draughtsman and teacher who trained initially at Bromley School of Art, where he attended evening classes from 1915, and then at Beckenham School of Art to where he won a trade scholarship in 1918. He studied painting with Amy Katherine Browning and etching with Eric Gill. Around 1927 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, where he studied under William Rothenstein. Horton, Houthuesen, Ososki and Freedman were amongst his friends at the college. In 1929 after graduation he took up a travelling scholarship to Rome returning to teach part-time at Chelsea School of Art under Percy Jowett and later Harold Sandys Williamson. From 1927-1934 he exhibited at the NEAC. In 1935 his painting Mother and Child was acquired by Carlisle Art Gallery. During WW2 Finney worked for the light rescue service of the Civil Defense. After the war he taught part time under Anthony Betts at Reading University and was in charge of life drawing there when he retired in 1970. Although he was reclusive and reluctant to show his work he did exhibit at the RA Summer exhibition (in 1950 and 1954) and the Portrait Society and at The Paris Salon. A large solo exhibition took place at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Education in 1964.

We are grateful to Nicholas Finney and David Buckman for assistance.

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The Yacht Race on Lake Michigan, 1966
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Langford; view through a window – (second year composition)
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