Henry John Yeend King was a landscape and rustic genre painter.
King worked for three years in a glass works. He studied under the historical and genre painter William Bromley and with L.-J.-F. Bonnat and F.-A.-P. Corman in Paris. He became known for his plein air images of young girls in outdoor settings, for example Milking Time which was purchased by the Chantrey Bequest in 1898.
King was active exhibiting between 1874 and 1924, showing at the Royal Academy, Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Grosvenor Gallery, Fine Art Society, Dudley Gallery, Baillie Gallery and Dowdeswell Galleries as well as at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Manchester City Art Gallery and Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
King was elected into the membership of the Society of British Artists in 1879, a society of which JW was President from 1886 to 1888. In 1888 he served on the society's Committee of Selection and Supervision (#05324). In 1887 he joined the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, becoming its Vice-President in 1901, and in 1888 he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
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