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, 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 [q.v.] 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 in 1877 and continued to do so until 1913. She also exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists and the New Watercolour Society. She and her husband were frequent visitor 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'. She 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.

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