Fildes, (Samuel) Luke, Sir, RA (M)

b. 18 October 1843. d. 27 February 1927. Nationality: English.
Portrait painter and illustrator. Born in Liverpool. Educated at Chester’s Mechanics’ Institute (1857-1860) and Warrington Art School (1860-1863). Moved to London in 1863 to study at the Government Art Training School and the Royal Academy Schools (1865-1866). Specialized in portraits, periodical illustrations, novel illustrations, and social realist paintings. Contributed to *The Quiver*, *Cornhill Magazine*, and *Gentleman’s Magazine* as well as Charles Dickens’s unfinished final novel *The Mystery of Edwin Drood* (1870). Married Fanny Woods on 15 July 1874. Frequently visited and painted in Venice after 1874. Elected Royal Academician (1874) and associate of the Royal Academy (1879). Knighted in 1906. Painted official portraits of Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, and George V (1902-1912). Created Knight Commander of the Victorian Order in 1918. Biographical information: *ODNB*. (AC, CC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
In the Choir 1867-08-01 Good Words Illustrator 1872
The Child-Queen 1867-08-03 Once a Week Illustrator 13530
From Victor Hugo. (Feuilles d’Automne) 1867-09-07 Once a Week Illustrator 13543
Cassandra 1867-09-21 Once a Week Illustrator 13549
A Song of Silence 1893-12 Atalanta Illustrator 2285
The Venetians 1894 Good Words Illustrator 5055