Marcus Stone was a British painter and illustrator best known for his realist depictions of garden parties, literary scenes, and sentimental portraits, as in his hallmark painting In Love (1888). Notably, Stone also produced illustrations for books by Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope. Born on July 4, 1840 in London, United Kingdom, he was trained from a young age by his father, the renowned painter Frank Stone. A precocious talent, Stone had already begun exhibiting at the Royal Academy by the time he was 18 years old. The artist died on March 24, 1921 in London, United Kingdom. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Manchester Art Gallery, the Tate Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, among others.