Portraits

Over a period of 100 years, from about 1900 to 2009, three different artists painted portraits of three successive generations of the Ashe family:

Portrait of Rev. Robert Pickering Ashe (1857 – 1944), painted by an Armenian artist in Smyrna (c.1900), who worked from a number of sittings, and from the Frontispiece of one of his books, Chronicles of Uganda. The Frontispiece is a photograph of him in Arab clothes which were given to him by the Sultan of Zanzibar on his way back from Uganda. His son, Pat Ashe, remembers seeing the clothes and the gold collar when he was a child in Smyrna.

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Portrait of Rev. Francis Patrick Bellesme Ashe (1915 – 2009), painted by Michael Scott (c. 1958), a London artist, who was a parishioner of Pat Ashe in his former parish of Blindley Heath, Surrey. The portrait was done to reflect a typical “Parish Priest”. Pat, youngest son of R. P. Ashe, thought the portrait made him look very severe, but his family felt it portrayed great depth of character and the passion that he felt in his service of others.

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Portrait of Robert Patrick Ashe, MBE (1953 – ), painted by Henry Pirade (2009), an Indonesian artist. The portrait was given to Robert by his staff (Adi, Elsza, Erna, Inez, Lia, Mona, Nandi and Retno) to mark his retirement after some 36 years of service to refugees and displaced persons, the last seven of which were as Regional Representative for UNHCR in Indonesia. Robert, oldest son of Pat Ashe, felt that the portrait indicates a lighter side of life as there must always be a balance with the serious work of helping refugees.