George Haite (1855 - 1924) South of France, watercolour
George Charles Haité was born in Bexleyheath, Kent. He was a self-taught art. After moving to London in the early 1870s he began making a name for himself as a wallpaper and carpet designer, later working in metal, tapestry and stained glass.
In 1883 he exhibited the first of many paintings at the Royal Academy. Haité worked in both oils and watercolours, specialising in landscapes with many executed on his travels to Venice, Morocco and Northern Europe.
Haité also wrote and lectured on art and design and in 1897 was elected president of the Nicolson Institute art gallery in Staffordshire. He was also involved in the famous literary club the Sette of Odd Volumes, one of the earliest members of the Japan Society of London and, from 1888, a Fellow of the Linnean Society.
A selection of work by both Haité can be viewed in the prints and drawings collection of the Victoria and Albert museum, London.
Haite died 1924.