Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Marcus Clayton Stone (1840-1921), Genre painter and illustrator; son of Frank Stone
Tall and handsome, he was known as ‘Marcus Apollo Belvedere Stone’ by fellow members of the Arts Club. The vanity hinted at in obituary notices (‘Marcus Stone, lover of arts and cats, devotee of gentlemanly attire, and of his own elegance and refinement’)  was offset by a private dissatisfaction with his finished paintings, as noted in an autobiographical sketch written towards the end of his life: ‘At no time have I brought the production of a picture to a conclusion without a keen sense of failure. To exhibit a picture is like publishing evidence of incapacity.’ 
Footnotesback to top
1) M. Stone, MS ‘Autograph reminiscences’, compiled 1910–12, Dickens House M., London.
2) ‘Marcus Stone was, I am very certain, Dickens’s favourite among all the young men that worshipped him in the last decade or so of his life.’ J.W.T. Ley, The Dickens Circle: A Narrative of the Novelist’s Friendships, London, 1919, p.147.
3) Fletcher 2011.
4) The Times, 26 Mar. 1921, p.11 (obit.)
5) M. Stone, MS ‘Autograph reminiscences’, compiled 1910–12, Dickens House M, London.
Referencesback to topBaldry 1896a
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