1555 Mary Dudley, Lady Sidney (?) by Hans Eworth (Petworth House, West Sussex UK)

Mary Dudley, shown here, is probably the mother of Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, née Mary Sidney, one of the first English women to achieve a major reputation for her literary works, translations, and literary patronage.

Mary Dudley wears a dress with sleeves puffed below the elbow in this Eworth portrait. Her dress is strongly reminiscent of Queen Mary I with the lower sleeves puffed out. (Queen Mary I was also portrayed by Eworth.) The under-skirt has an intricate vegetation design.

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