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Ashburnham, Bertram, 4th Earl of Ashburnham

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T004540

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(b Nov 23, 1797; d Ashburnham Place, nr Battle, E. Sussex, June 22, 1878).

English collector . He was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge, and travelled extensively in his youth, collecting many examples of fine art in Italy and Eastern Europe. After he succeeded his father, George, 3rd Earl of Ashburnham (1760–1830), he remained at Ashburnham Place, the family seat in Sussex, for which his grandfather, John, 2nd Earl of Ashburnham (1724–1812), had commissioned drawings and plans (c. 1767) for improvements to the park from ‘Capability’ Brown, and his father had commissioned extensive improvements to the house from George Dance the younger (see Dance family, §3). He occupied himself with his collections and the running of the estates. The extensive library of rare books and manuscripts that he accumulated contained four main sections. In 1847 he bought from Guglielmo Libri (1803–69) a collection of ancient codices, works of medieval literature and illuminated manuscripts from the schools of England, France, Italy, Flanders and Germany. These included the ...

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Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; 19th-Century Art

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