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November 13, 2013

Queen Henrietta Maria and Jeffrey Hudson

I’m going to annoy the professional historians for a while with some more pretty pictures, starting with this portrait hanging in the  National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.  It was painted by Anthony van Dyck in 1633, and is more naturalistic somehow than most of the other portraits of the French Queen of England, showing her supposedly dressed ready to go hunting, though I’m not sure how practical a taffeta petticoat would be on horseback. Henrietta was twenty four years old when van Dyck made this picture and Sir Jeffery, the court dwarf and great friend of the Queen only fourteen.

Henrietta is wearing a blue taffeta tabbed bodice and matching petticoat with a laced neckerchief and falling band confection around her throat. She has a wide brimmed hat ready to go abroad on the hunt and her linen is picked out with contrasting pink ribbon. Sir Jeffery wears a red velvet doublet and breeches, lace edged falling band and soft leather gloves and riding boots.

 

Henrietta Maria and Jeffrey

 

 

If you look closely at the fabric of her bodice you can see lots of tiny holes punched in the silk, the decorative process known as pinking. It is also continued across the petticoat skirts. Notice also the complicated gathers of her laced cuffs.

 

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And in the modern vernacular, to be fair, a close up of Mr Hudson and his monkey.

 

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October 21, 2012

An Interior with King Charles I, Queen Henrietta Maria, Jeffery Hudson, William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke and His Brother Philip Herbert

Sadly I can’t zoom closer on this painting to see details, but it’s a really nice naturalistic group from the 1630s with the King and Queen. Notice the King’s dwarf Jeffrey Hudson wearing the suit that he was painted wearing in the woods by Muytens here.  William Herbert and his brother were known principally for sponsoring the first folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The picture is dated 1630-35, but probably the earlier date is correct as William died in 1630. His brother lived on to play a backstage role on the parliament side in the wars. Picture is by Hendrick van Steenwijk and hangs in the Government Art Collection in London.

January 14, 2012

Jeffery Hudson in the Woods (detail)

Painted by Daniel Muytens the Dutch portrait painter. Hudson was a dwarf and jester to Charles I. The picture is dated c1630 but Hudson’s suit looks more suited to a slightly later date. The simple slashed sleeve, the lack of lacing points and the falling band look more 1640s to my eye. It’s top quality though and a perfect fit on the tiny man. Note the stiffened tabs below his waistline.

March 5, 2013

Three Prodigies

…of the present age. Broadside published in 1636 by Michael Sparke, engraving by George Glover. Two of the three we’ve met before. Jeffery Hudson the Queen’s Dwarf and Old Tom Parr the oldest man in the country. The figure on the left is William Evans, porter to King James and Charles. He is the tallest Welshman on record, being two and a half yards high. A favourite party trick was to produce Mr Hudson from his coat pocket to the amusement of all concerned. How they must have laughed!

three prodigies of the present age, george glover

William wears a normal set of clothes for the time, but outsized! I liked this detail of his doublet. Notice how the belt that closes across his belly ends in a set of ribbon points making the closure line up to the down pointed waist line that was the fashion.

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Here’s Jeffery in what I think is a suit made of motley (speckled) wool. A typical garb for the royal fool. Looks like his band is motley too. Those heels would have been essential to gain a few extra inches.

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And good old Tom is asleep. I don’t blame him, he would have been 152 by the time the picture was engraved. I see he has two doublets, possibly to keep him warm in the days before cold winter payments and what looks like a 12 paned day cap.

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All pictures © Trustees of the British Museum