Wednesday, 18 March 2020

1271) Theresa Thornycroft

Theresa Thornycroft (1853 –1947). English sculptor and painter.
She was a member of the inventive and artistic branch of the Thornycroft family. Her father was sculptor and engineer Thomas Thornycroft (1815–1885) and her mother, sculptor Mary Francis (1814–1895). Theresa's brother Sir Hamo Thornycroft, sisters Alyce Thornycroft and Helen Thornycroft were artists, her brother Sir John Isaac Thornycroft was the founder of the Thornycroft shipbuilding company and her niece was the naval architect Blanche Thornycroft.
A gifted artist, she exhibited her paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts in London before she turned twenty-two.
She married Alfred Ezra Sassoon (1861–1895) of the Jewish Sassoon family. Because she was Anglo-Catholic, he was disinherited by the Sassoon family for marrying her. They had three sons: Michael Thornycroft Sassoon (1884–1969), Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967) and Hamo Watts Sassoon (1887–1915).

- "Theresa - short, plump, red-haired, with large ears, and nicknamed 'Trees' - studied painting under Ford Madox Brown..."…/b…/chapters/siegfried-sassoon.html

 - "Contemporary accounts describe her as petite, with red hair and a shy smile."…

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