Painter and mural artist, illustrator, designer and teacher, born at New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire, she was married to the artist E A Taylor. She studied at Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art, where she was influenced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A travelling scholarship took her to Italy. She began to work for the printed page and by 1902 was teaching book cover design at Glasgow School of Art. Won a gold medal at Turin’s International Decorative Art Exhibition. After marrying Taylor in 1908 they moved in 1911 to Paris, where for two years they ran the Atelier Shealing and King came under the influence of Bakst and the Ballets Russes. King now developed a greater freedom of colour and style and matured as a mural painter and designer of fabrics, jewellery and costumes.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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