George Marks (1857-1938)
Working in oil and watercolour, George Marks produced landscapes that imbued many of the secluded places of Southern England with a quiet poetry, be they gorse bushes on the downland or primrose patches in the dells.
George Marks was born in Bristol, the eldest of three sons of the artist, George Marks. By 1869, he and his family had moved to Kentish Town, London, and in 1879 they were living at Rose Villa, Maple Road, Penge. He exhibited at the principal London galleries from 1876 – including the Royal Academy of Arts (1878-1904), the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours – with a number of London dealers and in the provinces. His later addresses included Flackwell Heath, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire (1883), Greenwich (1885), Shere, near Guildford, Surrey (1887-93) and Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire (1927). He died in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.