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January 23, 2012

Sir Jacob Astley

Painted during the war I assume by an anonymous artist. Jacob Astley was one of Charles I’s most trusted generals. He wears a finely figured silk damask or maybe embroidered doublet, with a high buttoned collar but a very small plain falling band. Over the doublet he has a leather buffcoat and back & breast armour

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January 23, 2012

Portrait of Hester Tradescant and her stepson 1645

Painted by the Flemish artist Emmanuel de Critz. You could probably write a book about the costume details here, but I’d like to point out particularly the lovely embroidery on her under petticote and the matching lace edged coif, kerchief and cuffs. ¬†John is wearing something more like a coat than a doublet that buttons all the way down and nice smart though understated falling band and strings ¬© 2011 University of Oxford – Ashmolean Museum.


Hester Tradescant and her Stepson, John