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  • ID: I44781
  • Name: Anne Ashby 1
  • Sex: F
  • Death: 12 FEB 1551
  • MEM: East Harling, Norfolk: tomb (no effigy)
  • Note: 2 3

    Elizabeth Anne.
    On her tomb she is incorrectly described as:
    ?Dame Elizabeth his wife, daughter of George Ashfield of Harefield, Middlesex who died 12th February 1551.?
    A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling, by Hans Holbein the Younger.
    Probably painted during Holbein's first visit to England in 1526-8. It has been suggested very plausibly that the sitter is Anne Lovell. The starling in the background and the pet squirrel on a chain may have been intended to allude to her name: the Lovell family showed squirrels on their coat of arms and owned a house at East Harling in Norfolk. It is conceivable that the portrait was once part of a pair of husband and wife.
    Squirrels were popular pets in England as early as the 14th century. In other portraits of women and children by Holbein pet animals such as a monkey and a marmoset are included; in portraits of men he depicts the falcons used in hunting.
    The sitter in the National Gallery painting is unlikely to have posed with either the squirrel or the starling: Holbein probably made separate studies of them in drawings.
    In 1500 she was betrothed to her father?s ward William Sturle, acoording to her father?s will.
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  • Change Date: 21 APR 2009

    Father: George Ashby
    Mother: Rose Eden b: abt 1465-72

    Marriage 1 Francis Lovell
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Thomas Lovell

    1. Text: Errol Bevan
      Database on WorldConnect
    2. Text: Dragon Hall, Norwich, website
    3. Type: Web Site
      Title: National Portrait Gallery, London
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