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Mark Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (11 November 1933 – 30 December 2004) was an English photographer and illustrator.

Mark Fiennes
Mark Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes

(1933-11-11)11 November 1933
Dalton, Northumberland, England
Died30 December 2004(2004-12-30) (aged 71)
Alma materEton College
OccupationPhotographer, illustrator
Years active1973–1995
Jennifer Lash
(m. 1962; d. 1993)

Caroline Evans
(m. 1996)
ChildrenRalph Fiennes
Martha Fiennes
Magnus Fiennes
Sophie Fiennes
Joseph Fiennes
Jacob Fiennes
Michael Emery (foster)
Parent(s)Maurice Fiennes
Sylvia Finlay
RelativesHero Fiennes-Tiffin (grandson)



Mark Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born at Dalton, Northumberland, the eldest of five children of industrialist Maurice Fiennes, who was later knighted by Prime Minister Harold Wilson for his services to the export of British heavy engineering products, and his wife Sylvia Joan (née Finlay).[1] Mark Fiennes's third cousin is Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet.


Fiennes was educated at Eton College for several years before he fell ill with glomerulonephritis. In hope of improving his health, his parents sent him to Australia, New Zealand and the United States where Fiennes studied agriculture. With his health restored, he returned to England and became a farming tenant on the estate of the Earl of Stradbroke near Blythburgh, Suffolk, where he met and married novelist Jennifer Lash in 1962 at Lothingland. Her passion for art served as an impetus for Fiennes, who took up photography at the age of 40.


Fiennes' work featured some of the world's most renowned museums as well as Britain's most celebrated estates. In 1985, he received a commission from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. to produce images for their exhibit Treasure Houses of Britain. After this, his photography recorded the restoration of Windsor Castle for the Royal Collections.[citation needed]

He was commissioned to illustrate books for a number of British and American publishers, including HarperCollins, Random House, Thames & Hudson and Yale University Press. Between 1983 and 1995, he regularly contributed to Country Life magazine.


He and Jennifer "Jini" Fiennes (1938–1993) were the parents of actors Ralph Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes, filmmakers Martha Fiennes and Sophie Fiennes, composer Magnus Fiennes and conservationist Jacob ("Jake") Fiennes. They also had a foster son, Michael Emery, an archaeologist. Jini Fiennes died from breast cancer in 1993, aged 55.

Final yearsEdit

In 1996, Fiennes married Caroline Evans and lived with her in Clare, Suffolk until his death in 2004, aged 71, from undisclosed causes.


  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Biodata". The Peerage. citing Announcements, The Times, London, U.K., 12 January 1994.

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