Sir John Ashburnham

Sir John Ashburnham

1593
Artist
Hieronimo Custodis, British, -1593
Active Years: 1589-1593
painting
Oil paint on panel
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust
2021.25

Hieronimo Custodis, Sir John Ashburnham, 1593. Oil paint on wood panel;  30 5/8 × 23 1/2 in. (77.8 × 59.7 cm). Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2021.25

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
image height: 30 5/8 in, 77.7875 cm; image width: 23 1/2 in, 59.69 cm; frame height: 38 3/4 in, 98.425 cm; frame width: 30 3/4 in, 78.105 cm; frame depth: 2 1/4 in, 5.715 cm
Inscription
[upper left] ANNO DÑÍ 1593; [upper right] AETATÍS SVAE, Z3
Department
European and American Art Before 1900
Collection
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

Sir John Ashburnham (1571-1620) is shown as a dashing young man of twenty-three in this portrait by the Flemish artist Hieronimo Custodis. His padded jacket and cartwheel ruff, the height of fashion, contrast with the miniature prayer book he holds in his right hand and perhaps suggest two sides of his personality. This painting remained at the family’s centuries-old estate, Ashburnham Place in Sussex, until the death of the last surviving member, Lady Catherine Ashburnham, in 1953. 

Known Provenance
By family decent, and always at Ashburnham Place, near Battle, Sussex, to Lady Catherine Ashburnham, daughter of 5th Earl of Ashburnham; Sotheby's, July 15, 1953, "The Ashburnham Collections," part 3 (Family and Historic Portraits, Paintings, and Drawings of the English School), lot 133; bought by Mr. Davey; private collection, U.K.; with Lane Fine Art, London [check date]; with Simon Gillespie; from whom acquired by William M. B. and Bernadette Johnson Berger, 1997; Berger Collection Educational Trust; on loan to the Denver Art Museum, TL-17876.

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