Offered for sale is a charming 19th century pastoral oil on canvas by British artist, Henry John Yeend King (1855-1924). The painting is typical of the bucolic style of this well known Victorian painter and depicts three children on an arched brick bridge over a stream, playing with geese. The background suggests an idyllic country road with a farmhouse and fields in the background.
Henry John Yeend King was born in London in 1855 and first apprenticed as a glass painter before studying under Victorian artists William Bromley in London, and Leon Bonnat and Fernand Cormon in Paris. His technique was influenced by the French school of Realism and Impressionism, which honed his ability to emphasize a well-defined figure against a myriad background of boldly lit vegetation. This technique, known as plein air or "open air," seems a familiar concept today, but was a revolutionary procedure in the late 1800's. His prolific body of work garnered the artist many prestigious awards during his lifetime, and his paintings can be found in major museum and private collections.
The painting is in excellent condition with minor in-painting to a few areas not detected by normal sight. It is signed by the artist in the lower left hand corner and housed in a more recent frame.
Size of Frame: 20 ½" Height by 27 ½" Width
Size of Image: 16 ¾" Height by 23 ¾" Width.
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