A reduced copy of a picture at Charlcote Park, Warwickshire, the Lucy family’s ancestral home. Sir Thomas (1586/7-1640) and his wife Alice are shown surrounded by seven of their children - they were to have 13 in all - including their eldest son who steps in from the garden with a dish of fruit. The two children with the dog in the foreground are boys: at this date male and female children below the age of about six were dressed alike, except that boys wore a miniature version of the adult doublet over their skirts. The books and horse’s bridle on the table beside Sir Thomas indicate his interest in both the active and the contemplative life.


  • Title: Portrait of Sir Thomas Lucy and his Family
  • Creator: Cornelius Johnson, After
  • Date Created: 1740 - 1744
  • tag / style: Portraiture, family; Sir Thomas Lucy; children; dog; fruit; bridle; rug; ruff; Cornelius Johnson; gold; embroidery; apple; hawk
  • Physical Dimensions: w1320 x h750 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist biographical information: During the 17th century artists from Belgium and Holland were very popular in England. Cornelius Johnson, the artist of the original painting from which this was copied, was born in England but had Dutch parents (he was originally called Cornelius Jonson van Ceulen). It is thought that he trained in Holland, came to England for a time, before returning to Holland in 1643 and working there until his death in 1661.
  • Additional artwork information: To learn more about this painting, please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/nof/portraits/access/explore3_intro.html
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Bequeathed by the Countess of Sefton in 1980

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