Richard Joseph King, stained glass artist and illustrator, was born in Castlebar, County Mayo, in 1907, the son of a policeman. From 1926 he studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, and joined Harry Clarke's stained glass studio in 1928. After Clarke's death in 1931, King completed work on the windows of St. Mel's Cathedral in Longford, and managed the studio from 1935 to 1940 before setting up his own studio in Dalkey. He designed twelve Irish postage stamps between 1933 and 1949, and contributed illustrations to the Capuchin Annual from 1940 on. He died at Raheny, Dublin, on 17 March 1974.