Three Score Years and Ten

Three Score Years and Ten
Henry John Yeend King (1855-1924)
Oil on Canvas
BORGM 01201
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Three Score Years and Ten

The title of this painting refers to a verse from the Bible from Psalms 90:10 ‘The days of our years are threescore years and ten’. The verse reflects on life’s brevity, which can also be seen through the depiction of the older woman who is being helped along by someone younger.

Yeend King was best known for his scenes of rustic farms and young women strolling in the countryside, rarely showing the heavily industrialised cities. His paintings depict farm girls (often using his own daughter as a model) at work in the fields or women at rest in tranquil landscapes or cottage gardens.

Born in London in 1855, Yeend King studied as a glass painter, later travelling to Paris to study under Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat and Fernand Cormon, both Professors at the School of Beaux-Arts. Yeend King lived in London for most of his life and travelled extensively throughout England and France.

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