An Imaginary Portrait of Bertram Ashburnham (1027 - 1087), but really of William Ashburnham (d.1665)

after William Dobson (London 1611 – London 1646)
National Trust Inventory Number 500448

Category Paintings
Date 1670 - 1699
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 724 x 603 mm (28 1/2 x 23 3/4 in)
Place of origin
Collection Lyme Park, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Lyme Park, Cheshire, North West, National Trust

Summary description

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

Related items

Place of origin
Category Paintings (12624)
Collection Lyme Park, Cheshire (Accredited Museum) (2123)
Periods 17th century (32766)
Maker William Dobson (London 1611 – London 1646) (17)
Subjects Betram Ashburnham (1027 - 1087) (1)
William Ashburnham (d.1665) (1)
Object Type Oil painting (11759)

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