1829 - 1920James Hayllar was a painter of portraits, figure subjects and landscapes. He studied at the Royal Academy and was to become a regular exhibitor there from 1850-98. He also showed his paintings at the British Institute, but his work could most often seen at Suffolk Street, of which he was a member.
Hayllar was first known as a portrait painter, but in 1866 he took up subjects of children. From this time he continued to paint a great many subjects involving children, usually pretty girls. In 1875 he rented Castle Priory, a large house at Wallingford, on the Thames, and he painted many of his pictures there, often depicting scenes of village life.