LUCAS, Marie Elizabeth Seymour

1851 - 1921

Marie Seymour Lucas

As Marie Elizabeth de Cornelissen, she was born at Paris on 24 September 1851, daughter of Louis DieudonnÚ Cornelissen (12 January 1819-3 December 1889), a colour agent of Paris and London, and his wife Marian Letitia, nÚe Barth (1824-24 August 1897), Marie was descended from Antoninus Cornellissen whom Van Dyck loved and painted. In 1861, Marie was a 10-year-old, living at 22 Great Queen Street, St Giles, London with her parents, 42-year-old DieudonnÚ and 36-year-old Marian, born in London, with two siblings, Alexandriana 17, born in Paris and Louis DieudonnÚ Jules (17 October 1856-1930) born in London, who was also an artist. Marie studied at St Martin's Lane Academy and later at the Royal Academy and in 1871, a 20-year-old student still living at 22 Great Queen Street. She married at St Giles, London on 18 July 1877, John Seymour Lucas and for a time was known as Mrs Marie Cornelissen Lucas. She is known for historical works and genre scenes, but she later concentrated on domestic scenes with children and began exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 21 Queen's Square, Bloomsbury in 1877 'Phyllis', in 1879 'The Latest' and from New Place, Woodchurch Road, West Hampstead in 1883 'Tired Out' and in 1885 'Les Compotes' and 'In Disgrace' and as M. E. Seymour Lucas continued to exhibit from West Hampstead in 1903 'Henry Prince, Esq.', in 1906 'Mrs Richardson', in 1907 'Mrs F. A. Toynbee' and in 1908 'Mrs Frances T. Cotton' also showing with the Royal Society of British Artists and the New Watercolour Society. She and her husband were frequent visitors at Walberswick, Suffolk and on her husband's retirement towards the end of the First World War they moved to Blythburgh, Suffolk where they re-designed a house next to the church known as 'The Priory'. Marie Elizabeth Seymour Lucas was of Lew Place, Woodchurch Road, West Hampstead, London when she died at Hendon Grove, Hendon, Middlesex on 25 November 1921, leaving her effects to her husband. She had three children and from 1901 took a year or two off her age and in 1911 declared she was 58.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from New Place, Woodchurch Road, West Hampstead
1903 168 Ivar Campbell, peer's page at the Coronation of King Edward VII
         243 May, daughter of Compton Domville, Esq.
         516 Our Grandmothers
1906 611 'For ever and ever Amen'
1907 640 295 Carol, son of the Hon. Mr Justice Swinfen Eady
         640 'For ever and ever Amen'
1908 640 Small and of no Reputation




Works by This Artist