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 – July 1947)[1] 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).[2] 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.[2]

A gifted artist, she exhibited her paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts in London before she turned twenty-two.[3]

She married Alfred Ezra Sassoon (1861–1895) of the Jewish Sassoon family.[2][4] Because she was Anglo-Catholic, he was disinherited by the Sassoon family for marrying her.[4] 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. Jean Moorcroft Wilson, Siegfried Sassoon: The Journey from the Trenches: a biography (1918-1967) (London: Routledge, 2003). ISBN 0-7156-2971-9. p301
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Peerage
  3. John Bremer, C.S. Lewis, Poetry, and the Great War 1914-1918, Lexington Books, 2012, p. 160 [1]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 The Siegfried Sassoon Collection