Charles Lucas (1808–1869) is depicted bust-length, turned to the right, wearing a grey jacket with large buttons and a white stock, before a dark background. He was one of the first students of the Royal Academy of Music, becoming a professor and then the third Principal, 1859–1866. In 'A List of Pupils Received Into the Academy since Its Foundation in 1822-3', published in 1838, he is recorded as 'A highly distinguished violoncello player and composer (late of the Queen's Band); conductor of the Royal Academy of Music and Vocal Concerts, An Associate Honorary Member'. The Charles Lucas Prize for Composition, a silver medal, was founded in his name in 1872 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in the same year. Its designer was the Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner. The subject is 'Mercury teaching a shepherd boy to sing'. This is a pendant portrait to that of his wife, Frances.
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