R: Elizabethan Portraiture
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 11. Wednesday, 15 Jan 1992.
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 1992 13:19:00 -0500
Subject: 3.0010 Qs: ...Elizabethan Portrait
Comment: Re: SHK 3.0010 Qs: ...Elizabethan Portrait
Richard Abrams best help on that "black cord or braid" is likely to be
Roy Strong's 2 vols on Eliz. and Jacobean portraits. Attributes of sitters
were conventionally cued in the period, and there is helpful prefatory
material on what the main conventions were.
I would strongly advise Prof. Abrams to send a photograph of the miniature
to the National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London. Their comments
will be helpful.
Shurleyker's "Book of the Needle" (early 17th c.) is a lace pattern-book
and I think the most helpful in getting a grip on this rather arcane subject.
The trick is to learn to "read off" the Strong collars one against another,
and against the Book of the Needle. That way the patterns become less
varied than they seemed initially, and one becomes rather less hopeful about
dating via collars alone. There is a copy of the Book of the Needle in
the library of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Try also "Needlework" in
RSTC vol 2.
University of Glasgow, Scotland.