Hieronimo Custodis, ‘Sir Thomas Drake of Buckland Abbey, Yelverton (1556 – 1606) [?]’, 1585-1588, The Weiss Gallery

Inscribed upper left: ‘Fatto a tempo’ [‘done/ made in time’] by a device with a vase of gillyflowers on a grassy bank, and a sparrow

With an old wax collector’s seal [verso] with a Baron’s coronet above quartered arms including the Barons Carew of Clopton, Or three Lions passant in pale Sable, and a Pheon (a broad arrow head, a coat used by several families in several different tinctures).

Image rights: Copyright: The Weiss Gallery 2016

Presumably commissioned by the sitter,
and to his daughter Elizabeth Bampfylde (1592 – 1631);
by descent to the Barons Carew of Clopton, Devon (according to an interpretation of the wax seal);
Private collection, Ireland, until 2015.

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