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

Portrait of Sir Francis Hynde

Oil on panel, 90 x 70 cm
Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

The picture bears a Latin inscription giving the ages of the subject as 58. Sir Francis, who died in 1597, had been a page to Edward VI and was responsible for adding the North wing with a long gallery on the first floor and a loggia in the basement of Madingley Hall. He is believed to have taken timber from Hardwick Wood and timber, lead and other materials from St Ethelreda's church in Histon to use in his building work at the Hall.

The companion piece of the portrait represents his wife, Lady Jane Hynde, née Verne.