Colonel Thorn’s Contributions and Philanthropy

Like many wealthy people, Colonel Thorn invested in and gave contribitions to a slew of beneficaries and projects outside his patronange of the Arts. Here is the list I have tracked down so far. These details paint a composite picture that bring the Colonel and his family to life.

Below is a list for me to add to as I continue to collect facts.

  • Building of St Luke’s Hospital
  • Hobart Professorship Fund – $500 (approximately $15,000 USD in today’s currency. Thanks Jacqueline Dunn!)
  • St Michael’s Episcopalean church (Bishop Hobart) – annual convention
  • In 1832, Thorne subscribed $500 ($14,000) in the Marine Pavilion luxury resort in Far Rockaway along with Messrs Suydam, Kruger, Hone, Livingston, Stuyvesant and others.
Marine Pavilion on Rockaway Beach

Colonel Thorn was a member of the English Jockey Club in Paris under the patronage of King Louis Philippe 1.

It also seems that he may have been (I’m assuming it was him and not someone else of the same name) a member of the Royal Horticutural Society, and is mentioned for displaying pineapples at the festival in New York in 1828.

He was a pew-holder at Trinity Church on Broadway.

Jane Mary Thorn was a member of the Orphans’ Home and Asylum of the Protestant Episcopal Church 1854

Art Patronages

When James De Veaux , another portrait painter, returned to Paris for several weeks in 1841, Healy introduced him to his patron colonel Thorn. I’m not sure if this resulted in a commission.

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