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John Seymour Lucas (1849-1923), Historical and portrait painter

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 6 portraits
Born into a family of artists, Lucas at first trained as a wood-carver but soon turned to painting, studying at the St Martin's Lane Art School and the Royal Academy Schools. He was a constant exhibitor at the Academy from 1872, specialising in historical genre pictures. Equipped with a thorough knowledge of historical costume, Lucas was one of the most successful proponents of the vogue for seventeenth and eighteenth-century subjects, painting works such as After Culloden - Rebel Hunting (1884) and St. Paul's: the King's Visit to Wren (1888). He was also a portraitist and became a full Royal Academician in 1898.

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John Seymour Lucas

by John Singer Sargent
oil on canvas, 1905
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5219


The Alma-Tadema Banquet

by Fradelle & Young
carbon print on card mount, 4 November 1899
NPG x19022


John Seymour Lucas

by Richard William Thomas, published by Charles William Faulkner & Co
postcard print, circa 1901
NPG x136027


John Seymour Lucas

by Frederic G. Hodsoll
glossy sepia bromide print on card mount, 1903
NPG Ax25165


John Seymour Lucas

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1914 or before
NPG x135946