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Mary Thornycroft (née Francis)

(1809-1895), Sculptor; wife of Thomas Thornycroft; daughter of John Francis

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 2 portraits
Despite sculpture traditionally being associated with male artists, Thornycroft became extremely successful. She specialised in portraits of children, which led to her appointment as royal sculptor. She gave lessons to Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Louise, who became an accomplished amateur sculptor herself.

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Mary Thornycroft (née Francis), by Mary Alyce Thornycroft - NPG 4065

Mary Thornycroft (née Francis)

by Mary Alyce Thornycroft
bronze bust, 1892
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4065

Mary Thornycroft (née Francis), by Maull & Co, after  Maull & Polyblank - NPG Ax14939

Mary Thornycroft (née Francis)

by Maull & Co, after Maull & Polyblank
albumen carte-de-visite, (29 December 1864)
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax14939

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