Charles Lucy

(1814 - 19 May 1873)

English historical painter, was born at Norton Canon, Herefordshire. He was descended from the Lucys of Charlecote, Warwickshire. He studied in Paris under Paul Delaroche. He is best known for his "The landing of the Pilgrim Fathers" in the National Heritage Museum, Lexington, Massachusetts, USA; engravings of Oliver Cromwell; and a painting of the burial of King Charles I. of England in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. He exhibited mainly at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. He died in Hereford and is buried in Highgate Cemetery, North London. The sale of the contents of his studio (including unsold paintings) was held at Christie's, London, 4–5 June 1875.

Notable Works:
The departure of the Pilgrim Father for America (RA 1848; Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts)
The landing of the Pilgrim Fathers (National Heritage Museum, Lexington, Massachusetts)
Cromwell resolving to refuse the crown
Cromwell's last interview with his favourite daughter
The babes in the wood
The parting of Lord and Lady Russell

He studied first in London, then in Paris under Paul Delaroche at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1883, he returned as a student to the Royal Academy and then spent two years copying Old Master paintings in Paris and The Hague for a private patron. His first history painting, the "Interview between Milton and Galileo", was hung at the Royal Academy in 1840, and thereafter he divided his time between England and France. He lived for 16 years at Barbizon but, instead of joining the landscape painters there, chose to concentrate on significant scenes from British history. In England he was a regular contributor to the fresco competitions for the New Palace of Westminster.

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