- Hieronimo Custodis, British, -1593
- Active Years: 1589-1593
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
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.