Haynes King was born in Barbados, but came to England aged 23, where he studied at Leigh's Academy, and became a notable London-based genre figure painter. His most typical work shows one or two figures, usually women involved in small domestic incidents in humble interiors. He also produced a series of pictures of semi-ideal girls out of doors, rather on the sweet side, and painted landscapes. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from the 1860s-1900s.
Haynes King's work may be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum, in the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (the archetypical Morning Gossip), in Leeds (An Interesting Paragraph) and in Southport (Katie's letter).
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