The 1550’s and 1560’s

The idea behind this page was to trace the fashion of the 1550’s and 1560’s in England, especially the development of the ruff.

This portrait is also mentioned in Christie's sale catalogue.

Sir Nicholas le Strange by Hans Eworth (1 January 1511 – 19 February 1580)

Sir Nicholas le Strange

1551

Hans Eworth

Katherine Hyde, Lady le Strange (c.1520 – 7 May 1589)

Katherine Hyde, Lady le Strange

1551

Hans Eworth

Mary I Tudor (18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558)

Mary I Tudor (18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558)

Mary I Tudor (18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558)

Suggestions for the identity of the sitter in this portrait have included Lady Margaret Douglas (1515-1578) and Margaret Howard, Lady Arundell, the sister of Queen Katherine Howard, based on provenance.

The portrait was first recorded by George Vertue in 1733 when at Sutton Place, Surrey, the seat of the Weston family as 'a Lady at len. in black. manner Holbein'.

Mary FitzAlan, Duchess of Norfolk (1540 – 25 August 1557)

Katherine Brydges, Lady Dudley (c.1524 – April 1566)

The fashions of Lady Jane Grey's youth. Notice the squared brim of the French hood and the raised neckline with ruffles.

*Both J. Stephan Edwards and Lee Porritt (The Beaufort Miniature Portrait – Lady Jane Grey Revisited) dates the Fitzwilliam Portrait to the middle of the 1550's, due to the flat crown of the French hood and the standing collar of the outer partlet (the black velvet piece across her shoulders, tied under the arms), which strongly indicate the mid-1550's, and the frill seen at the neck which by the mid-1550's had grown in size and had begun to surround the face.

(For my identification of the sitter in this painting as Katherine Brydges, Lady Dudley, please see my The Fitzwilliam Portrait page. Reasons for identification: The lady in the Fitzwilliam Portrait is also portrayed in a miniature by Levina Teerlinc from around 1560 now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Katherine Brydges, Lady Dudley was a lady-in-waiting to both Mary I Tudor and Elizabeth I Tudor, and would therefore have been in the perfect position to be an object of portraits done by court painters Hans Eworth and Levina Teerlinc. Furthermore, she was born in c.1524, being in her early thirties when the Fitzwilliam Portrait was painted, and in perfect keeping with the age of the lady in the portrait. She was married in either late 1555 or early 1556 to Edward Sutton, 4th Baron Dudley, in a match encouraged by Queen Mary, making it likely that this was a wedding portrait, as that date matches perfectly with the assessment of both J. Stephan Edwards and Lee Porritt that this portrait dates to the middle of the 1550's. Lastly, the embroidery of the lady's collar has a pattern that can be found again on other members of the Brydges family. It is probably a stylised version of a bridge, a play on the family name of Bridges. There is also the matter of the girdle prayer book the lady is holding in the portrait. It is decorated with what appears to be a D. Which would correspond with her new married name of Dudley. Two years previously Lady Jane Grey Dudley, daughter of the Marquess of Dorset had left her beloved girdle prayer book to Sir John Brydges, Lieutenant of the Tower of London. He was Katherine's father.)

Bess of Hardwick

1550’s

Unknown Woman

1557

Hans Eworth

Mary I Tudor (18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558)

Katherine Brydges, Lady Dudley (c.1524 – April 1566)

(For my identification of the sitter in this painting as Katherine Brydges, Lady Dudley, please see my The Fitzwilliam Portrait page.)

Amy Robsart (7 June 1532 – 8 September 1560)

Amy Robsart Dudley

Called Lady Jane Grey

Second half of the second half of the 1550's

Levina Teerlinc

Watercolour on vellum applied to card

© Private Collection

The Beaufort Miniature

 

(For my identification of the sitter in this painting as Amy Robsart Dudley, please see my The Yale Miniature page. Reasons for identification: The lady in the Beaufort Miniature is the same one as the lady in the Yale Miniature. I have always found the arguments that the lady in the Yale Miniature is Amy Robsart persuasive.)

 

Elizabeth FitzGerald, Countess of Lincoln

1560

Steven van der Meulen

Agecroft Hall, Richmond, Virginia

Blank space

Blank space

Elizabeth Leyburn, Duchess of Norfolk

c.1560

Attributed to Hans Eworth

Called Anne Askew

1560

Hans Eworth

The Skeffington Portrait

Dorothy Wadham (née Petre) (1535 – 16 May 1618)

Dorothy Wadham (née Petre)

1560

Follower of Hans Eworth

Copy of an Original Portrait in the Egremont Private Collection

Formerly in the Duke of Sutherland's Collection

Christie's

(For my identification of the sitter in this painting as Dorothy Wadham (née Petre), please see the discussion of this portrait on my For Reference page, and I believe I have conclusively identified the sitter on my The Pagets page.)

Agnes Keith, Countess of Moray (c. 1540 – 16 July 1588)

Agnes Keith, Countess of Moray

1562

Hans Eworth

Margaret Audley, Duchess of Norfolk (1540 – 9 January 1564)

Margaret Audley, Duchess of Norfolk

1562

Hans Eworth

Susan Bertie, Countess of Kent (1554-1611+)

Susan Bertie, Countess of Kent

1567

Katherine de Vere, Baroness Windsor (1542/1543 – January 17 1600)

Katherine de Vere, Baroness Windsor, 24 years old

1567

Master of the Countess of Warwick

The Arkwright Portrait

Edward Windsor, 3rd Baron Windsor, and his family

Edward Windsor, 3rd Baron Windsor, and his family

1568

Collection of the Marquess of Bute

Tracing the Ruff Yet Further – 1570’s and 1610’s

Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox (8 October 1515 – 7 March 1578)

Walter Devereux (16 September 1541 – 22 September 1576), 1st Earl of Essex

Dorothy Petre Wadham (1535 – 16 May 1618)

Dorothy Petre Wadham (1535 – 16 May 1618)

Mary Kytson, Lady Darcy of Chiche, later Lady Rivers (1566 – 28 June 1644)

Mary Kytson, Lady Darcy of Chiche, later Lady Rivers (1566 – 28 June 1644)

Mary Rogers, Lady Harington (c.1565-1634)

Dorothy Huddleston (née Dormer) (b.1576/1577)

Margaret Dormer, Lady Constable (1553 – 26 April 1637)

Notes:

[1] That must be this portrait: «Indeed, despite her own affinity for things Spanish, Mary was herself depicted wearing a much narrower – and notably free-form and unstarched – Spanish-style ruff only once.2 She more commonly wore the standing-collared partlet seen in so many of the other portraits included in this study. Even in portraits that depict Mary wearing a chemise under her partlet, the collar usually has a loosely flowing and unstarched simple ruffle.» (J. Stephan Edwards, A Queen of a New Invention, p.114) «2 Queen Mary I, Hans Eworth, 1557, oil on wood panel, 8 x 6 1/2 in., private collection.» (J. Stephan Edwards, A Queen of a New Invention, p.115)

Dickinson Private Advisors & Fine Art Dealers does specify that the portrait is oil on panel, measuring 22 x 17.3 cm. (8⅝ x 6¾ in.).

This is almost exactly the exact measurements mentioned by J. Stephan Edwards, but not quite.

Another possibility is that J. Stephan Edwards is referring to the portrait in footnote 2.

These two portraits are almost (but not quite) identical. Mary is dressed in the same outfit, however, and this portrait too is dated to 1557.

[2] Of Crymsen Tissue: The Construction of a Queen. Identity, Legitimacy and the Wardrobe of Mary Tudor

This portrait is almost (but not quite) identical. Mary is dressed in the same outfit, however, and this portrait too is dated to 1557.

[3] This excellent overview over the portraits of Hans Eworth dates both portraits to 1557. It has this portrait as being 8 x 6 ½ inches, while the one that we only have a black and white photograph of as being 9 ⅞ x 7 ½ inches, so it appears to be this portrait J. Stephan Edwards meant. 

Mary Fitzalan, Duchess of Norfolk (1540-1557) Eighteenth Century

1556

English School

 

Unknown Lady (Perhaps Lady Jane Grey) 

Formerly Mary Tudor when Princess

C. 1550-5

Hans Eworth

The Fitzwilliam Museum Portrait

 

The fashions of Lady Jane Grey's youth. Notice the squared brim of the French hood and the raised neckline with ruffles.

 

Bess of Hardwick

1550's

 

Unknown Woman

1557

Hans Eworth 

 

Mary Neville, Lady Dacre; Gregory Fiennes, 10th Baron Dacre

1559

NPG 6855

Hans Eworth

 

Elizabeth FitzGerald, Countess of Lincoln

1560

Steven van der Meulen

Agecroft Hall, Richmond, Virginia

 

Elizabeth Leyburn, Duchess of Norfolk

C.1560

Attributed to Hans Eworth

 

Called Anne Askew

1560

Hans Eworth

 

Unknown Woman

1560

Follower of Hans Eworth

 

Agnes Keith, Countess of Moray

1562

Hans Eworth

 

Margaret Audley, Duchess of Norfolk

1562

Hans Eworth

 

Susan Bertie, Countess of Kent

1567

 

Katherine de Vere, Baroness Windsor, 24 years old

1567

Master of the Countess of Warwick

The Arkwright Portrait

 

Edward Windsor, 3rd Baron Windsor, and his family

1568

Collection of the Marquess of Bute