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Mark Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (T-W-Fiennes)

Birthplace: Dalton, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 30, 2004 (71)
England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Maurice Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes and Sylvia Joan Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes
Husband of Private and Jennifer Lash
Father of Ralph Fiennes (actor); Private; Private; Private; Private and 1 other
Brother of Private; Private; Private and Private

Occupation: Photographer/Illustrator
Managed by: Private User
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About Mark Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes

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


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 of his wife Sylvia Joan (née Finlay). Mark Fiennes' third cousin is Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes.


He 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.


Mark 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 Jacob ("Jake") Fiennes, a conservationist. They also had a foster son, Michael Emery, an archaeologist. Jini Fiennes died from breast cancer in 1993, aged 55.

Final years

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

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Mark Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes's Timeline

November 11, 1933
Dalton, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
December 22, 1962
Ipswich, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
December 30, 2004
Age 71
England, United Kingdom