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James Thornhill
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Born in Melcombe Regis, Dorset
Born on 25th of July 1675
Died on 4th of May 1734

Born 1675. Died 1734 - English painter.

Completed Baroque paintings for dome of St Paul’s, hall at Blenheim Palace and Painted Hall at Greenwich Hospital. Painted portraits including those of Isaac Newton and Jack Sheppard. Founded a drawing school. Knighted in 1720, became History Painter to George I. Painted ceiling of Queen’s Bedroom at Hampton Court.

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