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.
Lyme Park, The Legh Collection (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