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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mark Lancelot Symons

Mark Lancelot Symons (1887 –1935)
The Crucifixion
Oil on Canvas
Signed
27 x 27 inches (69 x 69cm)
Private collection

Mark Lancelot Symons (1887 –1935)
My Lord I Meet in Every London Lane and Street
Oil on canvas
57" x 81" (144.8 x 205.7cm)
Private collection

Mark Lancelot Symons (1887 –1935)
"Were you there when they crucified my Lord?"
Oil on Canvas
82.9 x 58.5 in. / 210.5 x 148.5 cm.
Private collection


Mark Lancelot Symons was the son of the artist William Christian Symons. His father had converted to Roman Catholicism. The family was stauchly Catholic. Mark`s brother, Phillip, became a Benedictine monk and served as organist at Downside

Whistler, Sargent and Brabazon were family friends.

Mark Symons on a number of occasions attempted to enter the priesthood but eventually decided against entering the priesthood. He worked for the Catholic Evidence Guild (1918-1924) and often addressed people at Hyde Park Corner in London.

In 1924 he married Constance Gerber who encouraged his artistic calling.

His paintings have similarities to Stanley Spencer. The influence of the pre-Raphaelites is also evident.