Souvenirs of Japan by Kate Hayllar, 1864–1959. 1883. Watercolour, 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (12.1 x 17.1 cm.) Signed and dated “Kate Hayllar 1883,” lower right. Source: The Fine Art Society 2014. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

(Beatrice) Kate Hayllar was born on 1 September 1864 at 15 Mecklenburgh Square, London, into a family of artists. Her father was the painter James Hayllar, and four of his daughters also became professional painters. The sisters derived their main inspiration from the happy domestic life enjoyed at Castle Priory, on the banks of the Thames, near Wallingford, where the family lived from 1875 to 1899. Kate mostly exhibited still lifes, often featuring flowers, at the Society of British Artists (1883–1888/9) – where her first exhibited painting was bought by the Princess of Wales – and the Royal Academy (1885–98). About 1898 she became a nurse and in 1899 she moved to Bournemouth with her father and sister Jessica. Later she lived with her sister Mary at Wallingford, Berkshire. — The Fine Art Society 2014

Bibliography

The Fine Art Society 2014. Exhibition Catalogue. Edinburgh: Bourne Fine Art; London: The Fine Art Society, 2014. No. 17.

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