Kate Hayllar

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Born1 September 1864
Mecklenburgh Square
  • Painter
  • Nurse

(Beatrice) Kate Hayllar (1 September 1864 – 1952) was a British painter and nurse. She was the youngest daughter of James Hayllar, a prominent Victorian artist, and Ellen Hayllar. Kate had four sisters and brothers, among whom Jessica Hayllar, Edith Hayllar and Mary Hayllar also became accomplished artists.[1]


Kate Hayllar was born in Mecklenburgh Square, but spent most of her childhood at Castle Priory, where she and her sisters received extensive artistic training from their father.[2]

The house and its surroundings provided inspiration for the majority of her paintings, as well as those of her sisters.

When her mother died in 1900, Kate quit painting and devoted herself to nursing. She moved to Bournemouth with her father and sister Jessica, and later, her sister Mary. She never married and devoted herself to caring for her family and friends.[3]

She died in 1952 at the age of 95.[4]


Kate Hayllar focused her work on small and intensely observed flower and still life subjects, many of which she exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1885 to 1898, and one of whom was bought by the Princess of Wales. Unlike her older sisters Jessica, Edith, and Mary, who mostly painted interior scenes of Castle Priory, Kate focused on still lifes, often incorporating floral elements and exotic souvenirs from foreign lands.[5] Some of her works include: A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever; Still life with a Canton famille rose teapot and camellias; Souvenirs of Japan.

Forbes auctioned her work A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever in February 2003 at Christie's for.[6][7]


  1. Gray, Sara (2009). The Dictionary of British Women Artists.
  2. Hayllar, Mary Gabrielle. "Framing the Hayllar Sisters: a multi-genre biography of four English Victorian painters".
  3. The Fine Art Society 2014. Exhibition Catalogue. Edinburgh: Bourne Fine Art; London: The Fine Art Society, 2014. No. 17.
  4. "Netherland Institute for art History".
  5. "KATE HAYLLAR (BRITISH, FL. 1883-1898) Still life with a Canton famille rose teapot and camellias".
  6. "Forbes' Bleak House: Family Sells Victoriana". The New York Observer. 13 January 2003.
  7. "Kate Hayllar (fl. 1883-1898)". Christie's. Retrieved 13 August 2023.

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