Sir Thomas Lucy and his Friends
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).