Fildes, Luke, R.A., an English figure-painter, was born (1844) in Lancashire. He studied at South Kensington and at the Royal Academy, and his designs for woodcuts often appeared in Once d Week, the Cornhill Magazine, and the Graphic, and he illustrated Dickens's fragment of Edwin Brood. In 1868 he exhibited Nightfall at the Royal Academy, and later his Applicants for Admission to the Casual Ward and the Widower. He has since devoted himself much to portraits and figures of Venetian life. He exhibited five portraits in the Academy, 1892.