Oil painting on lined canvas, on stretcher with keyed diagonal bars. An Imaginary portrait of Betram Ashburnham (1027 - 1087), but really of William Ashburnham (d.1665), after William Dobson (London 1611 – London 1646). late 17th century. Just less than half-length, turned to the right, head turned back over his right shoulder; wearing full armour with gold-ornamental edges and a plain white collar; his right hand on his helmet, bottom right; a rock behind him on the left, a crepuscular sky over land on the right.
Probably acquired after the Earl & Countess of Derby, since it bears no inscription; first cited in the first of the two picture inventories for Lyme, in 1879, p.45: Drawing Room, 'Lord Ashburnham (of Ashburnham Sussex) by Vandyke Gilt frame.'; 1929, p.23: Drawing Room, 'School of Kneller, Gentleman in armour.'; by descent to Richard, 5th Baron Newton (b.1950), and his brother, the Hon. David Legh (b.1951); accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Trust, 2011.
Marks and inscriptions
Back, on back of lining canvas: in black: No 36; in pencil on paper over top left corner of the stretcher: No _ 6 / L.H. door / leading into Passage
Makers and roles
after William Dobson (London 1611 – London 1646), artist