HAITE, George Charles

1855 - 1924

George Charles Haité

George Charles Haité, was born at Bexleyheath, Kent on 8 June 1855, the second child and eldest son of George Haité (c.1826-1871), a cashmere shawl designer, and his wife Anne née Williams (1829-1871), who married at St Mary-le-Strand, London on 6 November 1853. In 1871, a 15 year old, living at a private school, Mitcham Lodge Academy, Mitcham, Surrey with his parents, 44 year old George and 41 year old Anne, and siblings Annie Louisa 17, Mary Anne Eliza 13, Ellen Elizabeth 11, Kate Sarah Rosa 9 and Henry Thomas 5. A self-taught artist who, after the death of his parents in 1871, moved to London making a name for himself as a wallpaper and carpet designer, later working in metal, tapestry and stained glass. Haité also painted in both oils and watercolours, specialising in landscapes with many executed on his travels to Venice, Morocco and Northern Europe and in 1883 exhibited the first of many paintings at the Royal Academy. In 1897 his street scene of Dortmund won the Gold landscape prize at that year's Crystal Palace exhibition. He would usually sign his work 'Geo C. Haité' or '.C. Haité'. A member of several art societies including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Society of Miniature Painters, the Royal British Colonial Society of Artists, the National Association of House Painters and Decorators of England and Wales and, as its president, the Institute of Decorative Designers. In 1886, Haité published 'Plant Studies for Artists, Designers and Art Students' and he edited and contributed drawings to numerous other books and journals, and in the late 1890's was asked by George Newnes to provide the cover pen and ink illustration for his new magazine 'The Strand', launched in January 1891. He exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1923 four works, a watercolour 'Sunset on a Venetian Canal', an oil 'The Message, Morocco' and two wash drawings 'The Old Inn, Dorchester' and 'Houseboats'. In 1883, Haité married Fanny Hodgkinson and went to live at Ormsby Lodge, The Avenue in the new garden suburb of Bedford Park near Chiswick. They had an only child, Elsie Blanche Evelyn Frances Haité (1889–1971). An invalid for the last nine years of his life, Haité of Ormsby Lodge, Bedford Park died at Fairmead, Harrow Weald, Middlesex on 31 March 1924 and his widow Fanny died at Bedford Park on 5 April 1935.

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