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

Portrait of Elizabeth Brydges, later Lady Kennedy

Oil on canvas
Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire

The sitter of the portrait is Elizabeth Brydges, later Lady Kennedy, daughter of Lord Chandos and maid of honour to Elizabeth I of England, aged 14. Elizabeth, whose charming portrait is embellished with a little dog and a finch on a spray of eglantine, was the 'fair Mrs Brydges' to whom the Earl of Essex showed so much attention as to offend Queen Elizabeth.