|This is a reproduction of the original|
1588 Water-colour drawing by Isaac Oliver,
Royal Library, Windsor
The original measures 12 inches by 8 inches.
According to historian, Herbert Norris, Tudor Costume and Fashion, Dover Publication, Inc. 1997,
"It is considered by authorities to be an excellent likeness of Queen Elizabeth...it is the earliest portrait of the Queen showing her dressed in full band or ruff, long stomacher, veil, and wheel-farthingale." (604)
It may appear to some as a bit gaudy but Norris' description sounds quite regal and I wanted to try and reproduce the gown as best I could.
"The farthingale in this picture shows the cart-wheel effect. The bodice, long hanging sleeves, and over-skirt are composed of white satin brocaded or embroidered with a gold scroll design. The full sleeves, stomacher, and under-skirt with cart-wheel arrangement on top are of cloth of gold, and diagonol puffings of fine white silk: alternate intersections are decorated with groups of five pearls each, and rubies set in gold mounts, and a large pearl in the centre of each lozenge of gold foundation." (604-605)
Here is the beginning stages of my work on the