Marcus C. Stone (British 1840 – 1921)

Couple on a Bench


Marcus C. Stone (British 1840 – 1921), “Couple on a Bench”, preliminary painting for later larger rendition called “A Stolen Kiss”. Son of Frank Stone, ARA, was trained by his father and began to exhibit at the Academy before he was eighteen; and a few years later he illustrated with much success books by Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and other writers, friends of his family. He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1877, and academician in 1887. In his earlier pictures he dealt much with historical incidents, but in his later work he occupied himself chiefly with a particular type of dainty sentiment, treated with much charm, refinement and executive skill.