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Haynes King, 1831-1904

Nationality: Trinidadian
Date of Birth: 1831
Place of Birth: Barbados
Date of Death: 1904.05.17
Place of Death: London


Haynes King was a genre and landscape painter.


King, who came to London in 1854, studied at Leigh's Academy. He was greatly influenced by the domestic and highland scenes of Thomas Faed. In 1864 he was elected a member of the Society of British Artists, a society which named JW its President in 1886.

King was active exhibiting between 1880 to 1903, showing at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Society of British Artists and Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery. He also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Manchester City Art Gallery and Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. Later, he shared a studio with the landscape and rustic genre painter Henry John Yeend King.

In 1884 King was among those artists invited to a private viewing of JW's 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes' at Dowdeswell's Gallery in London (#08683).

King was killed by train in 1904.


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.