Cornelius Johnson
Portrait of Susanna Temple, Later Lady Lister 1620

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Cornelius Johnson 1593–1661
Portrait of Susanna Temple, Later Lady Lister
Date 1620
Medium Oil paint on oak
Dimensions Support: 679 x 518 mm
frame: 850 x 686 x 75 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Not on display

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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.

May 2007

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