CUSTODIS, Hieronymos
(d. ca. 1593, London)

Sir John Ashburnham

Oil on panel, 79 x 60 cm
Art Museum, Denver

Sir John Ashburnham (1571-1620) is shown as a dashing young man of twenty-three in this portrait. 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.