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Painting Title Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson (d. 1753) née Croft of Stillington
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Amigoni, Jacopo (Italian painter, ca. 1685-1752)
Date 1737
Description The artist and sitter are identified by the inscription on the back of the relining canvas: 'Elizabeth dau: of Stephen and Eliz: Croft of Stillington / Painted by Sigr Amiconi 1737 / Married John Thompson'. The inscription is possibly 19th century, but might be a copy of the one from the original canvas. Elizabeth Croft of Stillington married John Thompson (1701-1777) some time before 1743, as in this year their oldest son Henry was born. The information about that marriage is added under the information about the painter. It is possible that it was added later on the original canvas as when the painting was completed in 1737 the sitter was still unmarried. Elisabeth died in 1753; her name is listed on the Thompson family grave monument at the Holy Trinity Cemetery in Little Ouseburn, Yorkshire. Jacopo Amigoni or Amiconi (1682–1752) was an Italian painter, who began his career in Venice, but travelled throughout Europe, as his portraits were much in demand. He worked in England in the 1730s.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 1152
Subject portrait (Elizabeth Thompson)
Measurements 76.2 x 63.5 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Violet Ileene Cassandra Knox 1968.
Provenance Thompson family; by descent to Violet Ileene Cassandra Knox (née Meysey-Thompson).
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 95; Morris, M.A., European Paintings of the Eighteenth Century (An Observer's guide), 1981, p. 1.; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 235.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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