Susannah Hornebolt

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Susannah Hornebolt was born in Flanders back in 1503 to Gerard and Margaret.  In 1520, she started working with her father.  In 1522, she moved to England with her parents.  She married John Parker in 1526 who worked for Henry VIII.  John died in 1537.  By the end of the year in 1538, with the loss of her husband she was in serious financial difficulties.

In 1539, she married John Gilman, two weeks after the marriage she escorted Anne of Cleves to England.  Because she was so loyal to Anne, she was considered by Anne to be her first gentlewoman.  She died in 1554, she was 51.

What you may not know about Susannah is that she was an artist.  She is the first known female artist in England, her specialty was miniatures. 

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Comments (18)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... another accomplished woman who was a "first," I had no idea about. And, of course, now I do.

Sep 08, 2020 04:08 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Somebody had to make them small enough to carry around and show off!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 08, 2020 04:17 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Sep 08, 2020 04:44 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I did learn something from you this morning, thank you!

Happy Tuesday morning James Dray 

Sep 08, 2020 04:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning James Dray ,

Another tidbit of history I learned from reading your post. Thank you for sharing with us.

Sep 08, 2020 05:11 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I always love reading about the firsts. She found a talent that others missed.

Sep 08, 2020 05:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - an interesting piece of history.  Thank you for sharing.  

Sep 08, 2020 05:21 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Once again a who knew! And must admit to being a bit jealous of her artistic talent since I have none! Enjoy your day!

Sep 08, 2020 06:49 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, she sounds like a very interesting woman that I would have never heard about had I not visited your blog.

Sep 08, 2020 06:55 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - I am sure that she faced plenty of backlash during those days.

Sep 08, 2020 07:00 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That is a very accomplished first James Dray and as big of a fan of the arts that I am I had never thought about how we hear so little about women in art prior to modern times.

Sep 08, 2020 07:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have always enjoyed miniatures, and they are very valuable these days.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Sep 08, 2020 07:57 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Very cool. Another interesting life, well lived, pointed out in your very fun blog.

Sep 08, 2020 09:13 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for another interesting read. Can't say I have heard of this artist but will look her up.

Sep 08, 2020 09:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James-nI'll have to look up her work. I love miniatures. 

Sep 08, 2020 10:16 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thank you, James Dray, for this interesting glimpse into long-ago history. 

Oct 03, 2020 08:26 AM