Sir Francis Hynde (d.1597)

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Painted in 1591 by the Flemish painter Hieronymus Custodis this portrait depicts Sir Francis Hynde. The picture bears a Latin inscription giving the ages of the subject as 58. Sir Francis, who died in 1597, had been a page to Edward VI and was responsible for adding the North wing with a long gallery of 87 feet on the first floor and a loggia in the basement of Madingley Hall. He is believed to have taken timber from Hardwick Wood and timber, lead and other materials from St Ethelreda’s church in Histon to use in his building work at the Hall. Anecdotally, he has borne the blame for the destruction of Histon church.

Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge



Sir Francis Hynde (d.1597)




oil on panel


H 90 x W 70 cm

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Acquisition method

on loan from Geoffrey Norman, a descendant of the Hynde Cotton family

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Inscription description

Sr Francis Hynde, Aetatis suae LVIII, Anno Dni 1591


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Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge

Madingley Hall, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB23 8AQ England

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