Paul Bernard King
Oil on canvas, 25 × 30 inches
Signed at lower right: “PAUL KING”
Exhibited: Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Gone Fishing (May 12–October
A native of Buffalo, New York, Paul King studied at the Buffalo Art Students’
League and was a member of the Bohemian Sketch Club. He went to New York and
studied under the muralist Henry Siddons Mowbray (1859–1928) at the Art Students’
League from 1901 to 1904. During his student years King also worked as a commercial
artist and made illustrations for Harper’s and Life magazines.
He went to Europe to study in Holland and visited France, Italy, and Spain.
After returning to the United States, King moved to Philadelphia. He exhibited
intermittently at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1903 to 1933
and at the National Academy of Design from 1907 to 1945, where he was awarded
the prestigious Altman Prize for the best landscape in 1923. King received
awards from the Salmagundi Club in New York (of which he was a member) and
won a silver medal at the San Francisco Exposition in 1915. He served on the
board of directors at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and was its
acting president from 1915 to 1918. King joined the artists’ colony at Stony
Brook on Long Island in 1922 and had his first solo show at the Feragil Galleries
in New York in 1924. He lived in Princeton, New Jersey, from 1927 to 1928,
when he moved to Troy, New York. He died at Stony Brook.1
The titles of King’s exhibition entries show the wide range of his subjects:
landscapes of France, coastal views of Maine, paintings of the Philadelphia
area, and an occasional portrait; he was best known for his New England scenes.
This painting may date from around 1912, when his Off the Jersey Coast (location
unknown) was included in the annual exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy
of the Fine Arts.
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