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Sir James Thornhill
(1675 - 1734)

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1676 Born in Malcombe Regis
1689 Apprenticed to Thomas Highmore
1704 Becomes a Freeman of the Painter-Stainers’ Company of London
1711 Is elected one of the 12 original directors of Sir Godfrey Kneller’s academy at Great Queen Street
1716 Succeeds Kneller as Governor of the academy
1718 Appointed History Painter to George I
1718 Opens free art academy
1720 Appointed Serjeant-Painter
1722 Elected Member of Parliament
1722 Knighted
1725 Buys back his families ancestral estate (just to the south of Stalbridge) and there he builds Thornhill House
1727 His daughter Jane marries William Hogarth
1734 Dies 13 May in Weymonth
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