Henry Stacy Marks England
9-13-1829 London, ENG - 1-9-1898 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Henry Stacy Marks enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools in about 1851 and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1853.
When his father's business as a lawyer failed, Henry Stacy Marks had to support not only his wife, but his family of origin, including his mother and three younger brothers, on the proceeds of his art.
Henry Stacy Marks supplemented his income from painting by carrying out decorative work for various patrons. These included the Minton works, for the stained-glass manufacturers Clayton and Bell, by designing a frieze for the outside wall of the Royal Albert Hall, and for the house of the artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Marks' most important patron was Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster. Marks worked on decorations for the duke's house, Eaton Hall. For this purpose he painted two canvasses 35 feet (11 m) long of Chaucer's pilgrims, and twelve panels of birds.
Henry Stacy Marks became a member of the St John's Wood Clique in 1862. As his career progressed, he became increasingly interested in painting birds. Possibly his most famous painting is A Select Committee (1891) which is now in the Walker Art Gallery. He was elected as a member of the Royal Academy following his painting Convocation, which was exhibited in 1878.
Henry Stacy Marks was married in 1856, to Helen Drysdale. Helen died in 1892, and the following year Marks married Mary Harriet Kempe, who was also a painter.
The Victoria and Albert Museum holds three of Marks' finished watercolor studies of birds and eleven sketches for larger paintings. Some of his works are exhibited in the Parrot House of Eaton Hall.
Art Movement: Pre-Raphaelites
Influences: James Mathews Leigh, François Edouard Picot