Offered for sale is an oil painting on canvas by Henry John Yeend King, 1855 - 1924. The painting depicts a 19th century township with a city square on market day with cattle and sheep pinned for inspection by prospective buyers. This scene is quite a deviation for this prolific painter whose main body of work depicted bucolic pastoral landscapes with pretty young maidens usually involved in daily mundane activities. This painting is immersed with commerce and activity and depicts a idyllic market square with an abundance of people. In the background, seen through the mist and gathering clouds is an ancient fortress perched on a hill.
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 and set into a gilt molded frame original to the painting. It is signed by the artist in the lower right hand corner. We have had several works by this talented artist and are always on the lookout for more of his pieces.
Size of Frame: 45" Width, 33" Height
Size of Image: 35 1/2" Width, 23 1/2" Height.
19th C. Oil on Canvas of Marketplace by Henry John Yeend King