The First Chapter. Marie Elizabeth Seymour Lucas (French-born English, 1855-1921). Oil on canvas.
Lucas, née Marie Elizabeth Cornelissen, attended St. Martin’s Lane Academy and later the Royal Academy, where she began showing her work in 1877. She married the painter John Seymour Lucas the same year and was thus only known professionally by her married name. She is known for historical works and genre scenes, but she later concentrated on domestic scenes with children.