'Sir Thomas Lucy and his Friends', 1740-44 after Cornelius Johnson

Portrait of Sir Thomas Lucy and friends

Artist: after Cornelius Johnson (1593-1661)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 93.6 x 149.8 cm
Accession number: WAG 9822

Bequeathed by the Countess of Sefton in 1980

During the 17th century artists from Belgium and Holland were very popular in England. Cornelius Johnson, the author of the original painting from which this was copied, was born in England but had Dutch parents (he was originally called Cornelius Jonson van Ceulen). It is thought that he trained in Holland, came to England for a time, then returned to Holland in 1643 and worked there until his death in 1661.

The painting shows Sir Thomas and his wife, Alice, with seven of their children (they eventually had 13). The two boys at the front of the painting are wearing skirts (petticoats).