Sir John Ashburnham

Sir John Ashburnham

1593
Artist
Hieronimo Custodis, British, -1593
Active Years: 1589-1593
painting
Oil paint on panel
Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust
TL-17876

Hieronimo Custodis
Flemish, active in England about 1585–93
Sir John Ashburnham, 1593
Oil paint on wood panel
Inscribed and dated at upper left, ANNO DNI 1593; at upper right, / ÆTATIS SVÆ, 23  
Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-17876

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
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
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