Henry Stacy Marks enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools in 1851 and had his first exhibit at the Royal Academy two years later. When his father's business as a lawyer failed, Henry Stacy Marks had to support not only his wife, 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, mostly parrots, and penguins. His most famous painting is A Select Committee 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.
Art Movement: Pre-Raphaelites
Artists Influencing Henry Stacy Marks: James Mathews Leigh, François Edouard Picot
He Traveled To France
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.