Portrait by John Singer Sargent,
1905, National Portrait Gallery, London
John Seymour Lucas, British (1849-1923)
John Seymour Lucas was born in London in 1849, the nephew of a portrait painter to the Court. With the encouragement of an uncle, the boy was first apprenticed to a wood carver and then to a sculptor. At sixteen, Lucas began a course of study with his cousin, John Templeton Lucas, a noted genre painter. Five years later he entered the St. Martin's Lane Art School and eventually the Royal Academy, where he began exhibiting in 1872.
Lucas was influenced by Sir Walter Scott, the writer and by Ernest Meissonier, an artist who specialized in cavaliers as subjects. Lucas also made trips to Amsterdam and Madrid where he came under the spell of Velasquez. By the
... Displaying 750 of 1765 characters.