Sir John Ashburnham
- Hieronimo Custodis, British, -1593
- Active Years: 1589-1593
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
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.
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