Name: Anne Ashby 1
Death: 12 FEB 1551
MEM: East Harling, Norfolk: tomb (no effigy)
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Change Date: 21 APR 2009
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.
Father: George Ashby
Mother: Rose Eden b: abt 1465-72
- Thomas Lovell
- Text: Errol Bevan
Database on WorldConnect
- Text: Dragon Hall, Norwich, website
- Type: Web Site
Title: National Portrait Gallery, London