Stone, Marcus (1840-1921) by Scholes, Robert

Marcus Stone (1840 – 1921) He was born in London, where he studied with his father, Frank, who was also an artist and a friend of Dickens. More succesful than his father, he worked mainly as an illustrator and painter of dramatic scenes. He was known as a A. G. Temple wrote of him in 1887: charming painter. Commencing with a very distinct leaning towards history, Marcus Stone, the son of the well-known genre painter Frank Stone, is known better at the present day by his own charming genre, in which, on a stately terrace or in a well ordered garden, he places those dainty scenes illustrative more frequently of ‘la belle passion’ than of any other sentiment. . . . the subjects we are now accustomed to look for are those in which some tender emotion is expressed, in surroundings which greatly aid its interpretation-a stately grove, a broad expanse of lawn, an elegant terrace. In shape they are usually a narrow upright, about 60” by 27”, or a long oblong. One of the most attractive of the earlier ones of this character was the single figure of a pretty girl, seated on a long garden bench, in the glow of sunset, but with signs in bench, steps, and elsewhere of a dilapidated estate. To woo her comes the rich squire of a neighbouring domain, but and these words are the title of the work. Il y en a toujours un autre,

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