Henry Stacy-Marks

 

Artist Biography:

Born in 1829, this London genre painter and watercolorist also acted as an illustrator on occasion. He was a pupil of J. M. Leigh and Picot in Paris between 1851 and 1853. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1853 and 1897 and also at the British Institute, the Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street, the Old Water-colour Society, the Grosvenor Gallery and at other distinguished venues. He was a Member of the Royal Academy, the Royal Water-colour Society, an Honorary Member of the Royal Cambrian Academy in Manchester and an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers. Most of his genre scenes were either literary, particularly Shakespearean, or historical and they were often humorous. He later turned to painting mainly animals, which he did with sympathy, accuracy and a lack of sentiment. Marks was one of the founders of the St. John's Wood Clique, and a notorious practical joker. Ruskin reproved him for "that faculty", which he said impeded his progress as an artist.

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