- Follower of
- Robert Peake, English, 1551-1619
Follower of Robert Peake
British, about 1551-1619
Elizabeth Poulett, 1616
Oil paint on panel
Inscribed and dated at upper left, 1616 / Æ t.22
Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-17069
Elizabeth Poulett was twenty-two when she sat for this portrait. After the death of her husband, she married Jack Ashburnham, son of Sir John Ashburnham, whose portrait is also in the Berger Collection. Beneath her lavishly decorated dress is a petticoat called a wheel farthingale, an undergarment that flattened the abdomen and tilted the dress up at the back. The style was brought from Spain—possibly by Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII—early in the 1500s and remained popular for over a century.
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