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Portrait of Susanna Temple, Later Lady Lister

Cornelius Johnson1620

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

Although his family were German-Flemish refugees, Johnson himself was born in London. The careful observation and refined handling of his portraits suggest that he may have trained - at least in part - in Holland. This is one of his earliest works.The sitter was the only daughter of Sir Alexander Temple of Etchingham, Sussex. The martlet (a heraldic bird) in her ear-ring is part of the Temple family arms. Susanna's first husband, Sir Gifford Thornhurst, was to die in 1627. In 1636 she married Sir Martin Lister of Thorpe Arnold, Leicestershire.

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  • Title: Portrait of Susanna Temple, Later Lady Lister
  • Creator: Cornelius Johnson
  • Date Created: 1620
  • Provenance: Purchased 1981
  • Physical Dimensions: w518 x h679 mm
  • Original Title: Portrait of Susanna Temple, Later Lady Lister
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood

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