Lucas, John Seymour (1849-1923) by Scholes, Robert

John Seymour Lucas (1849 – 1923) Starting out with a focus on sculpture, he decided eventually to study the art of painting at St. Martin’s School of Art and at the Royal Academy from 1871 under his uncle John Templeton Lucas (1807-1874), a celebrated writer, portraitist, and engraver. Working for the most part in London, he also traveled to Spain in order to study the techniques of the Spanish masters. He showed works at the Royal Academy from 1867, thereafter maintaining a steady flow of pictures to that institution. He also designed theatre backdrops and worked as an illustrator of books.

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