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Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Elias Ashmole (1617-1692), Antiquary

Engraving by W. Faithorne, bust, own hair, with breastplate and drape, set on a pedestal within an alcove; on 12 July 1656 Ashmole ‘paid Mr Fathorne for Engraving my Picture’ (C. H. Josten, Elias Ashmole, Biographical Introduction and Texts, 1966, I, p 114, pl.x, ii, p 692; Ashmole, Treatise on the Philosopher’s Stone, 1758, front., see R. J. Gunter ed., The Diary and Will of Elias Ashmole, 1927, p 61n1). L. Fagan, Faithorne, 1888, p 19, was in error in saying it appeared as the front. to the Theatrum Chemicum Britannnicum 1652.

Painting by Cornelis de Neve, three-quarter length standing, dressed as Windsor Herald, a sealed folded paper in his right hand, a view of Windsor beyond; Blyth Hall. ‘My Picture drawne by Mr Le Neve, in my Heralds Coat’ (8 February 1664; C. H. Josten, Elias Ashmole, Biographical Introduction and Texts, 1966, illus. I, f.p.152, pl.xiii, iii, p 982).

Drawing by Peter Lely, Two Heralds from the Procession of the Order of the Garter (formerly in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, 12807), showed ‘almost certainly’ Ashmole with, possibly, William Ryley (Lely 1978, under no.103).

‘Mr Loggan began to draw my picture in black lead’ and ‘My Lord Bishop of Oxford gave me a visit at Mr Loggans’ (4 & 16 October 1677; C. H. Josten, Elias Ashmole, Biographical Introduction and Texts, 1966, IV, pp 1493-94); untraced.

Painting by John Riley, three-quarter length standing, left hand on hip, the medal from the elector of Brandenberg round his waist, right hand resting on the upright folio History of the Order of the Garter; on a table, the cloth inscribed PRAEMIA HONORARIA, lie the King of Denmark’s chain and medal, a lesser George given Ashmole by the Earl Marshal, a gold box containing gold coins presented by Charles II, and the silver medal from the Elector Palatine, in a fine Grinling Gibbons frame; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (F730), presented by the sitter 1683 (Mrs R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges, City and County of Oxford, I, pp 183-84., no.447; A. MacGregor ed., Tradescant Rarities, 1983, pp 311-12; C. H. Josten, Elias Ashmole, Biographical Introduction and Texts, 1966, IV, p 1712n4). Copy by John Smith 1836 in Dr Johnson’s Birthplace Museum, Lichfield.

This extended catalogue entry is by John Ingamells, one of a limited number of entries drafted in 2010 for the incomplete catalogue, Early Stuart Portraits 1625-1685, and is as written then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.