The Arts

This page is devoted to the writers, artists, and sculptors with whom the Thorn family interacted, gave patronage to, commissioned, or had some affect upon them.

GPA Healy

George Healy was a famous and prolific portrait painter of the early nineteenth century. He is most well known for his renditions of politicians and beautiful women.

Baroness Jane Mary (Thorn) de Pierres and daughter,
Jeanne Marie (courtesy of Newberry Library, Chicago)
The Misses Thorn – Ellen and Ida (Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco)
Herman Thorne, Ida, Ellen and Eugene Thorn.
Ida Thorn
Jane Mary and Alice Thorn

Madame de Varaigne and child

Paul Gayrard

Paul Gayrard was a a French sculptor born in 1807. He created this beautiful bronze of Jane Thorn de Pierres.

Jane Mary Thorn de Pierres, immortalised in bronze on horseback by Paul Gayrard (1853 approx)

Theodore Fay

Fay penned this novel with a foreword dedicated to Herman Thorn

Norman Leslie written by Theodore Fay, editor of the New York broadsheet of the time

Alfred deDreux

deDreux gifted this to Jane and Etienne de Pierres

Boy and Horse by Alfred deDreux

Ernst Meyer

Colonel Thorn bought three of this artist’s paintings.

Monk reading to boy – Ernst Meyer