Henry John Yeend King was born in London in August, 1855. As a young boy, Yeend King spent his time as a choirboy at Temple Church. It was here that he became fascinated with art as he admired the beautiful stained-glass windows of the church.

As a young adult, he studied under the Victorian artist William Bromley, RBA. Bromley was an important figure in terms of capturing history in art. He engraved two of Sir Thomas Lawrence's portraits of the Duke of Wellington, and one of the young Napoleon. In 1819, he was elected an associate engraver of the Royal Academy, engraving the Elgin marbles after drawings by Henry Corbould as one of his most significant commissions.

Henry John Yeend King RBA, Feeding the ducks Henry John Yeend King RBA, Feeding the ducks

After his time spent with Bromley, Yeend King travelled to Paris where he studied under Leon Bonnat and Fernand Cormon. The former was renowned for his portraits of celebrities of his time as well as his powerful religious works, which critics hail as his best work. Cormon, at the time unbeknown to him, had taught artists that would forever go down in art history as some of the greatest, including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh.

Influenced by French Realists and Impressionists, Yeend King developed a style that captured figures in a mature manner, had the same eye for colour and light as the Impressionists and a sensitivity to the plein air technique.

Although born a Londoner, Yeend King's heart was in the countryside, much like the French Impressionists relationship with Paris and France's rural landscape.

Yeend King always captured the rural, never the industrial, with his work featuring farm girls, often using his daughter as a model.

As well as his French education, Yeend King was celebrated back in Blighty. In 1879 he was elected in to the Royal Society of British Artists and then in 1886 to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. During his lifetime he exhibited 115 works at the RBA, 38 works at the Royal Institute and 94 at the Royal academy.

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In 2013, Christie's sold Yeend King's work Haymaking for £47 000. Check out more realised prices for Yeend King here.

Young women with ducks will be part of Lots Road's sale on 29th January. Check out the full catalogue here.

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