LUCAS, Sydney Charles Seymour

1878 - 1954

Born at 21 Queen Square, Holborn, London on 11 May 1878 and baptised at St John the Evangelist, Westminster on 1 June 1878, son of John Seymour Lucas [q.v.] and his wife Marie Elizabeth, daughter of Louis Dieudonn Cornelissen of Paris, his sister was Mrs Marie Ellen Grubbe [q.v.]. Lucas was educated in Suffolk and in 1891, as a boarder with James George Easton, vicar of St Margaret's Church, Ilkeshall St Margaret, Suffolk, Westminster School (1892-1895) and at the Royal Academy Schools and in 1901 a 22 year old art student living at 1 Woodchurch Road, Hampstead, with his parents, 51 year old John Seymour, Royal Academician, and 49 year old Marie, and two siblings, Marie and Edgar. He married at St Pancras, London in 1905, Mary Douglas Clark and in 1911, a 32 year old artist living at 61 Rudolph Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire with his 25 year old wife Mary, born Scotland and son, Arthur Henry, born Bushey in 1908, it was about this time he added Seymour to his surname. Portrait painter & illustrator, he exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters; the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy 1909-1940, from Bushey, Hertfordshire in 1909, London 1934 and Blythburgh, Suffolk 1936. His wife died at St Pancras, London in 1933, aged 48, and in the same year he married secondly at Battersea, London Marian Woods Seymour[Lucas q.v.], when they moved to the family home at ‘The Priory’, Blythburgh and where his sister Mrs Marie Grubbe [Lucas q.v.] was living. In 1939 living at Westwood Lodge, Blythburgh with his wife Marian and he exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1941 two works 'The Old Rick Yard, Blythburgh' and 'Greenwich Reach', in 1942 'Spring Time in East Anglia' and 'The Old Cider Press, Colyford', in 1943 an oil 'Dawn on the Farm' and in 1944 two oils 'The late Guy Bancroft, Esq.' and 'The Duveen Gallery, Millbank'. He died at his home Cleveland Cottage, Blythburgh, Suffolk in 1954, aged 78. The Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich holds some of his paintings including a 24" x 29" oil 'Mares and Foals' which was loaned to the centenary exhibition of Ipswich Art Club in 1974. In 1941, on his opening of the 64th Ipswich Art Club exhibition, his scathing attack on modern art provoked some of the most heated correspondence ever to appear in the local 'East Anglian Daily Times'.





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