Thoughts (1880). Marcus Stone (English, 1840–1921).
Stone, a genre painter, ventured into book illustration, with the encouragement of Charles Dickens. Oil paintings of historical and literary subjects firmly established his reputation. Later, he became much influenced by French painting, and he produced genre works tending to grace and prettiness. His most prolific and popular work was a series of paintings showing decorative maidens.
Stone was “at all times a charming painter, and this, together with his beautifully refined sense of colour, smoothness of texture and finish, have won for him a wide and enduring popularity.” — Art Journal.