ca. 1575 Mary Cornwallis by George Gower (location unknown to gogm)

Mary Cornwallis is shown wearing a dress with massively puffed sleeves in this Gower portrait.

These pictures can show how far back some noble families go. According to an article about Thomas Cornwallis on tudorplace.com.ar, Mary was married to William Bourchier, third Earl of Bath. Her father, Thomas Cornwallis' career saw some serious changes due to the religious turmoil in England throughout the 1500s.

The ruff has grown to Rembrandtian proportions, but the farthingale still confers a conical shape to her skirt. She holds a feather fan.

She may be wearing an attifet, a headdress reinforced with wire to come to a point that points to the front.

Keywords:  1580, Gower, English, farthingale, ruff, jeweled headdress, curly coiffure, jeweled headdress, necklace, brooch, jeweled pendant, full puffed sleeves, cuffs, under-skirt, cameo, blackwork, girdle, geometric pattern in dress


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