John Seymour Lucas, RA RI (1849-1923)
John Seymour Lucas was born in London on 21 December 1849, and studied at Heatherley's, St Martin’s School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. Specialising in historical genre, he exhibited oils and watercolours in London and provincial centres, most regularly at the Royal Academy. He was elected an associate of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colour in 1876, and a full member a year; an associate of the Royal Academy in 1886, and a Royal Academician in 1898. He was also a Visitor for the RA Schools from 1886. During the eighteen-nineties, he illustrated a considerable number of historical stories for books and magazines in grey wash and heavy bodycolour. His periodical contributions include those made to the Graphic in 1893, and again in 1901-6. In 1914 he was commissioned to paint a large fresco of The Flight of the Five Members 1642 for the House of Commons. He lived in West Hampstead, London and later on the Suffolk coast. He died in Blythburgh on 8 May 1923.