John Seymour Lucas Antique Old Master Oil Painting Interior Musician Signed. Some other examples of works by this artist are included at the end of the photos. Frame: Set in the original ornate wooden gilt frame. Signature: Lower right and dated 1904.Newman Ltd, Fine Art Dealers, London (label verso) UK Private Collection. Condition: Painting and frame are both in good condition.
No visibility of any over painting under a black light. Measurements: Painting measures 54 x 47cm and the overall frame 69 x 63cm. Biography: John Seymour Lucas (21 December 1849 8 May 1923) was first and foremost a historical genre painter with a particular talent for realism in the depiction of costumes and interiors.
Inspired by van Dyck and particularly Diego Velázquez, he excelled in depicting scenes from the British 16th- to 18th-century Tudor and Stuart periods, including in particular the Spanish Armada, the English Civil War, and the Jacobite rebellions. Lucas' artistic education included extensive travels around Europe, particularly Holland and Spain, where he studied the Flemish and Spanish masters. He first started exhibiting in 1872, was elected an associate member of the Royal Academy in 1876, and a full Royal Academician in 1898. As his reputation grew, Lucas increasingly mixed in society circles. He became firm friends with the famous society portrait painter John Singer Sargent who was his almost exact contemporary.
A portrait of Lucas executed by John Singer Sargent is displayed in Tate Britain. Towards the 1890s John Seymour Lucas executed a number of major works for prestigious public buildings or royal clients. In addition to executing more than 100 major oil paintings and a host of drawings, Lucas was renowned as a set and costume designer for the historical dramas popular on the late Victorian and early Edwardian stages. One of his more unusual commissions was the "Duke of Normandy" costume for the ill-fated prince Alfred of Saxe Coburg-Gotha for the Devonshire House Ball in 1897.
Lucas was also a prolific watercolour painter; he was elected as a member of the Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1877. During most of his artistic career, Lucas lived in a purpose-built studio in South Hampstead, London, designed for him by his friend and fellow artist, architect Sydney Williams-Lee. He retired from painting towards the end of World War I, and moved to Blythburgh, Suffolk, where he re-designed a house next to the church known as "The Priory". If you are collecting in person and wish to pay cash that is fine too. Some countries are prone to import delays which are beyond our control, although we will do all we reasonably can to help resolve any problems that may occur.
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