Theresa Thornycroft

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Theresa Thorncycroft
Born 1853
Died 1947
Nationality English
Occupation Sculptor
Spouse(s) Alfred Ezra Sassoon
Parent(s) Thomas Thornycroft
Mary Francis

Theresa Thornycroft (1853–1947) was an English sculptor and painter.


Theresa was a member of the Thornycroft family. Her father was Thomas Thornycroft (1815–1885) and her mother, Mary Francis (1814–1895).[1] Her brother Sir Hamo Thornycroft RA, sisters Alyce Thornycroft and Helen Thornycroft were all artists, while her brother Sir John Isaac Thornycroft was the founder of the Thornycroft shipbuilding company.[1]

A gifted artist, she exhibited her paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts in London before she turned twenty-two.[2]

She married Alfred Ezra Sassoon (1861–1895) of the Jewish Sassoon family.[1][3] Because she was Anglo-Catholic, he was disinherited by the Sassoon family for marrying her.[3] They had three sons:

After they separated, she continued to live in the village of Matfield in Kent, and was immortalised in the memoirs of her son Siegfried.


  1. ^ a b c d e f The Peerage
  2. ^ John Bremer, C.S. Lewis, Poetry, and the Great War 1914-1918, Lexington Books, 2012, p. 160 [1]
  3. ^ a b c d e The Siegfried Sassoon Collection