Thornhill, Sir James

Thornhill, Sir James, 1676–1734, English decorative artist. George I made him court painter and later knighted him. He executed decorations in Hampton Court and the cupola of St. Paul's, London the hall of Greenwich Hospital, Chatham, England the great hall of Blenheim Palace and various chapels at Oxford, where he also painted altarpieces for All Souls and Queen's colleges. As a teacher, he found a rare pupil in Hogarth , who became his son-in-law. The limited number of Thornhill's etchings includes Adam and Eve.

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