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Sir James Thornhill (1675 or 1676-1734), Father-in-law of William Hogarth, decorative painter and politician; MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis

Sitter associated with 14 portraits
Artist associated with 23 portraits
The leading British decorative painter in an age of foreign competition. His most famous murals are in the Painted Hall at Greenwich and in the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. His knighthood in 1720, the first to a native British artist, and his election as an MP in 1722 came at the time of his fall from favour as a painter. His daughter married William Hogarth.

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Richard Bentley

after Sir James Thornhill
oil on canvas, (1710)
NPG 851

5339

Sir James Thornhill

by Sir James Thornhill
oil on canvas, octagonal, circa 1710-1725
On display on Floor 2: Portraits Tell Stories at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 5339

4313

John Sheppard

attributed to Sir James Thornhill
chalk and pencil, 1724
NPG 4313

D27458

Richard Bentley

by George Vertue, after Sir James Thornhill
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D27458

D42156

Sir Richard Steele

after Sir James Thornhill
mezzotint, 18th century
NPG D42156

D19639

Sir Isaac Newton

by and published by John Simon, after Sir James Thornhill
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19639

D20533

Richard Dickinson

probably by Sir James Thornhill
etching, early 18th century
NPG D20533

D27586

Sir Richard Steele

by George Vertue, after Sir James Thornhill
line engraving, 1714
NPG D27586

D18160

Sir Richard Steele

by George Vertue, after Sir James Thornhill
line engraving, 1714
NPG D18160

D40697

John Sheppard

by George White, after Sir James Thornhill
mezzotint, (circa 1724)
NPG D40697

D41666

John Sheppard

by George White, after Sir James Thornhill
mezzotint, (circa 1724)
NPG D41666

D4215

John Sheppard

by and sold by George White, sold by Thomas Bowles Jr, sold by John Bowles, after Sir James Thornhill
mezzotint, (circa 1724)
NPG D4215

D19643

John Sheppard

by George White, after Sir James Thornhill
mezzotint, (circa 1724)
NPG D19643

D13732

Christopher Codrington

by R. Clamp, after Sir James Thornhill
stipple engraving, published 1796
NPG D13732

D31684

Richard Bentley

after Sir James Thornhill
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D31684

D27661

John Sheppard

after Sir James Thornhill
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D27661

D39456

Arthur Onslow

probably by Anthony Fogg, after Sir James Thornhill
pen and ink, circa 1803 (1730)
NPG D39456

D27660

John Sheppard

by T. Maddocks, after Sir James Thornhill
stipple engraving, published 1819
NPG D27660

D19017

Sir Richard Steele

by George Vertue, after Sir James Thornhill
line engraving, 1714
NPG D19017

D39372

House of Commons, 1730

by Anthony Fogg, published by Edward Harding, after William Hogarth, and after Sir James Thornhill
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1803
NPG D39372

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