Henry Ashe (b. 1584)

British (English) School
National Trust Inventory Number 1210279

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1610 (inscribed)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1917 x 1207 mm (75 1/2 x 47 1/2 in)
Place of origin
Collection Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk (Accredited Museum)
On show at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk, East of England, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Henry Ashe (b.1584) by British (English) School, inscribed: top left: MENS MEA MIHI, bottom right: Ano Dni/1610/Aetatis Suae 26, ottom left: 26. A full-length portrait of a young man, turned slightly to the left, gazing at the spectator, standing, on rush matting, wearing a splendid silver coloured tunic enriched with pink bands, and red pantaloons over silk stockings, his shoes surmounted with rich floral decorations, his cloak over his left shoulder, his right hand holding his sword (the sword belt decorated with black dogs leaping up a tree with squirrels in the branches), his hat is on a green velvet covered table.


No known connection with the Bedingfeld family. Presumably it was bought by the family initially because of the supposed subject matter (Papal Legate). The portrait hung in the King's Room in the mid-C19, and was rescued by Sybil, Lady Bedingfeld in the 1951 sale. Part of the Bedingfeld Collection. [acquired locally?]; visible on the end wall of The King's Room in Matilda Bedingfeld's watercolour of c. 1850; [presumably no.26 in undated inventory seen by St. John Gore]; 1913 list, no.26, as: 'Pope's Legate. 1610"; 1951 sale, lot 691, as: 'Unknown - A papal legate dated 1610"; bought back for Oxburgh by S[ybil Lady] B[edinfeld]; acquired by the National Trust from Henry Paston-Bedingfeld in 1993

Marks and inscriptions

painted in 1610 at the age of 26.

Makers and roles

British (English) School, artist

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Place of origin
Materials Canvas (10115)
Category Art / Oil paintings (12632)
Collection Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk (Accredited Museum) (1757)
Periods 17th century (33416)
Maker British (English) School (3778)
Subjects Henry Ashe (b. 1584)  (1)
Object Type Oil painting (14417)

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