Haynes King, Portrait Study Of A Fisherwoman

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A skilful portrait study of a fisherwoman by Victorian genre painter, Haynes King (1831-1904).

King was highly regarded towards the end of the 19th-century for his depictions of everyday working class homes. Paintings such as ‘Morning Gossip’, ‘The Letter Writer’, and ‘Industry’ celebrate the simple passing moments of regular Victorian life.

One of these, ‘Jealousy and Flirtation’, is currently held in the collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum and several are on display in public galleries.

But aside from his interior scenes, King also enjoyed painting fisherwomen waiting patiently for the day’s catch. Works such as ‘Awaiting the Return of the Boats’, Reverie’, and ‘Waiting for the Fleet to Return’ all adopt a similar theme.

In this particular portrait study, the young lady bears a striking resemblance to the subject of several of his coastal scenes. In all of these, she’s characterised by her curled hair, white top, and beautiful yellow headscarf.

It’s easy to imagine that King knew this lady well and perhaps he looked forward to his fleeting coastal escapes.

The portrait is housed within a gilded 19th-century foliate frame with a reeded inner border.

Medium
Oil on panel
Size including frame
14” x 12” / 36cm x 30cm
Year of creation
c. 1885
Provenance
Private Collection, England
Condition
Artwork in good overall condition. Frame with age-related wear including a small loss in the top left.