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John Bensley Thornhill (1773–1841) as a Boy

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1784-85, probably commissioned by Cudbert Thornhill (b. 1723 - d. 1809), Hull, England and Calcutta, India [see note 1]; 1841, by descent through the family to General Charles Powlett Lane (b. 1826 - d. 1910), Badgemore, Henley on Thames [see note 2]; 1910, by inheritance to his widow, Mrs. C. P. Lane (Bertha D'Albiac du Boulay) (b. 1849 - d. 1939), Donhead Hall, Shaftesbury; 1919, sold by Mrs. C. P. Lane to Agnew's, London; June 1925, sold by Agnew's to Governor Alvan Tufts Fuller (b. 1878 - d. 1958), Boston; 1958, with the Alvan T. Fuller Foundation, Boston; 1961, gift of the Alvan T. Fuller Foundation to the MFA. (Accession date: September 20, 1961) NOTES: [1] Father of the sitter, John Bensley Thornhill (b. 1773 - d. 1841), Cosspore, India and Blackheath, England. John Bensley Thornhill was director of the East India Company from 1815 - 1841. He became the adopted heir of Francine Bensley and later used Bensley name. See also the complete Thornhill family tree, provided by Valerie Thornhill in MFA curatorial file. [2] Charles Powlett Lane was a Major General in the British Indian Army. He was the son of John Bensley Thornhill's daughter, Emily Maria Thornhill (d. 1877), who married Charles Lane (b. 1793 - d. 1878), Badgemore, Oxfordshire, England.

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Given in memory of Governor Alvan T. Fuller by the Fuller Foundation

about 1784–85


186.7 x 121 cm (73 1/2 x 47 5/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas