Marcus Stone was a historical genre painter and illustrator, the son of the genre painter Frank Stone (1800-1859).
He became known initially for his historical themes and later for his genre scenes of eighteenth century life and of romantic anguish. His illustrations appeared in Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) and the Cornhill magazine.
The popularity of Stone's work brought him wealth and enabled him to commission a London studio house from Richard Norman Shaw at No 8, Melbury Road (1875–6).
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