Sir James Thornhill Invitation Card for the Feast of St Luke, with a Sketch of the Pediment of a Greek Temple 1718

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Artist
Sir James Thornhill 1675 or 76–1734
Title
Invitation Card for the Feast of St Luke, with a Sketch of the Pediment of a Greek Temple
Date 1718
Medium Graphite, chalk and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 187 x 305 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T10437
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James Thornhill was an eminent figure in the London art world. In 1714 he replaced Kneller as the Governor of the Great Queen Street artists? academy. Shortly after he was made a member of the Virtuosi of St Luke, the most prestigious art club.

 

In 1718 Thornhill hosted the club?s annual feast at his house in the Piazza, Covent Garden. This ink sketch is a preliminary design for the invitation card. A jovial centaur points to a canvas showing St Luke, patron saint of artists, painting the Virgin and Child. St Paul?s church, Covent Garden, appears in the background.

 

September 2004

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