"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Monday, December 9, 2019

Elizabeth Throckmorton

This 1729 portrait of Elizabeth Throckmorton, Canoness of the Order of the Dames Augustines Anglaises by Nicolas de Largillierre hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Elizabeth Throckmorton was an English Catholic whose family left England rather than acknowledge its Protestant church. She entered an Augustinian house in Paris, Order of the Dames Augustines Anglaises and served twice as Mother Superior before her death in 1760. The “Dames Anglaises” (English Ladies) of the Augustinian Canonesses in France had a strong link to the Catholics in the new colony of Maryland who had gone into exile and formed a new home in order to preserve their ancient faith. The Canoness herself comes from an important, albeit colorful, knighted Catholic Tudor family in Warwickshire, England. Various members of the family were involved in, or connected with, pre-Reformation plots and conspiracies including the Throckmorton Plot of 1583 (an attempt by English Roman Catholics to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I of England and replace her with her second cousin Mary, Queen of Scots) and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 (also known as the Jesuit Treason, was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland). -- Suzanne Lago Arthur


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