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Fine Art, Muriel King, Garden View, Vintage Watercolor


Muriel King
Garden View from Window
Watercolor on paper
Signed lower left
13 x 9 inches
15.5 x 11.75 inches in custom silver-leaf incised frame

Sun-dappled garden viewed through the grid of a window: flowers, a table, garden statue and path through leafy trees. Painting is in a custom silver-leaf incised frame.

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Muriel King was an illustration artist and costumer primarily known as a fashion designer and important couturier from the 1930s into the 1950s. She was known for her practical approach to fashion, designing classic clothes that would look stylish for years. Her interesting and varied career included designing Katherine Hepburn’s personal wardrobe, and costumes for Hollywood movies between 1935 and 1945, such as Stage Door (1937) starring Ginger Rogers, and Cover Girl (1944) starring Rita Hayworth. She contributed the to the war effort with work clothes for female shipyard workers in World War II. Throughout her life, King was also a skilled landscape watercolorist, apparently drawn to complex compositions emphasizing the play of light and shadow. From 1957, she turned exclusively to painting.

Condition: Generally very good with minor toning overall. Paper slightly cockled. Some tape adhesive residue in margins verso. Frame condition fine.


Bawa, Mary P. “Muriel King.” Designer History. 2003. (29 September 2006).

“Muriel King.” Internet Movie Database. 2006. (29 September 2006).

“Safety Clothes for Women.” Kaiser Vancouver / SwanIsland & Oregon Shipyards. (5 September 2002).

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20th Century