THORNHILL, Sir James (c.1675-1734), of Thornhill, Dorset.
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Family and Education
b. c.1675, s. of Walter Thornhill of Wareham by Mary, da. of Col. William Sydenham, gov. of Weymouth castle. m. Judith, 1s. 1da. who m. William Hogarth. Kntd. 2 May 1720.
King’s history painter 1720-d.; serjeant-painter 1720-32.
Thornhill was born at Weymouth of an ancient Dorset family. Having made a fortune by his painting, he purchased and re-built his ancestral seat at Thornhill. Returned without opposition for Weymouth, to whose church he presented an altar -piece painted by himself, he voted regularly with the Government. He died 13 May 1734, acclaimed as ‘the greatest history painter this kingdom ever produced’.1
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: Romney R. Sedgwick
- 1. Gent. Mag. 1734, pp. 174-5.