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Painting Title Lady Elizabeth Walshe
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to the circle of Custodis, Hieronymus (Flemish painter, died ca. 1593, active in England)
Previously attributed to imitator of Geeraerts, Marcus, the younger (Flemish painter, 1561-1635, active in England)
Date 1589 (dated)
Description A half-length portrait of a lady wearing a lace cap, a brooch in her hair, a full ruff collar and puffed sleeves. Top right is her coat of arms. Elizabeth Board (died 1618), was the daughter of George Board of Cuckfield, Sussex. She married William Walsh of Abberley, Worcestershire (c.1561-1622), who was knighted in 1603. They had no children. The painting may be by Hieronimo Custodis (died c. 1593), a Flemish portrait painter active in England - three other English portraits by Custodis are signed and dated 1589. However, YORAG: 516 is in a very bad condition and its damage makes any attribution impossible to confirm.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 516
Inscription front ul 'ELIZABETH / LADYE WALSHE / 1589'
Subject portrait (Elizabeth Walshe)
Measurements 64.7 x 49.5 cm
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by Miss E. B. Morrel 1948.
Provenance Graham family, Norton Conyers; A. Coulter, York, from whom purchased by E.B. Morrell 1948.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings vol. II: English School 1500-1850, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1963, p. 16, pl. 2 as English school in style of Gheeraerts the Younger; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 280 as Flemish school.
Notes An old label on the back reads: 'Frederico Zacchero / painted Queen Elizabeth / about this date / This comes from Norton Conyers.' The support is made of two panels joined vertically; areas of paint are missing. The arms are formally described: blazon of the arms of Walshe impaling the blazon of the arms of Board; argent a fesse between six martlets sable a martlet for difference (for Walshe); per fess gules and azure an escutcheon between martlets in orle argent (for Board).
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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