January 29, 2007

Sir Michael Dormer, c1616

Great Milton, Oxfordshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.

This one is slightly out of the period we are focusing on, but interesting as further evidence of the amount of fabric in underskirts, petticotes etc.

Lia says:

Interesting as this is, I am not convinced this is proof of how much fabric there was in petticoats of the period.

Consider the angle - what would be visible from it, if the space was not _decoratively_ filled with curving hemlines?

In fact, if we look instead at the pattern for a petticoat as drawn by Alcega we see that there is not all that much fabric there. Certainly not enough to fill the entire floorspace of a standing woman with curls within swirls of yardage.

That said, this is a fantastic resource you've pulled together, and I thank you so much for the time you spend finding us pictures of fantastic statues. Effigies tends to be forgotten as a source of inspiration.

Jane replies:

Valid points. But as far as what they would do to fill the void - in my opinion - nothing. They would just leave it flat. Why put all that extra work in cutting the folds if that wasn't what people expected to see?

As far as Alcega goes, don't forget, that is only one source. And is that top layers or under layers?

My theory is that they had quite fitted, A-line top layers and used very bulky underlayers, to get the conical shape we often attribute to farthingales.

I've noticed this with my own clothing. My green overgown is fitted, not gathering but when I wear a couple of dresses under it, which have gathered waists and therefore quite alot of fabric compared to the top/green coat layer, it gets the correct silouette even though I'm not wearing a farthingale or corded petticote.

Just a theory, but one worth considering, especially for lower classes.

January 25, 2007

The Games Monument, 1555

Tom loves Games..., originally uploaded by LouiseMS.

Side view of the monument.

Brecon Cathedral, Wales


The Games Monument, 1555

Effigy in Brecon Cathedral, originally uploaded by allanalister.

For more info on this monument see:

Brecon Cathedral, Wales


William and Agnes Clopton, 1592

Nice shot of the hood. Tomb in Stratford Upon Avon.

January 19, 2007

John and Jane Blacknall, c.1625

Abingdon St Nicholas, Oxfordshire "Old Berkshire"

Word of caution on the colours in this monument - most likely repainted during the Victorian period. Can be noticed on the hoods.

From the Comments:

I have spent time in many english cathedrals and churches, and I would guess that this would date from around 1615, the clothing and construction style is identical to an effigy in Gloucester Cathedral of Thomas and Christian Machen A.D. 1614-1615.


Update: Eric has been kind enough to look up the information on this one for me and says:

"I have consulted Pevsner. He says that John Blacknall died in 1625."

Elizabeth Thame, c.1559

January 12, 2007

Anthony Forster, 1572

Cumnor, Oxfordshire "Old Berkshire"

Cumnor St Michael

The monument is to Anthony Forster and is dated 1572 (Tudor).

Sir Fulke Greville, 1559

Sir Fulke Greville and his wife Elizabeth.

Alcester, Warwickshire

See page 22 of "The Tudor Tailor" for image of red petticote under this dress.

January 11, 2007

Cecilie Harrington, c.1570's?

Christ Church Cathedral, originally uploaded by Mike and Rani.

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Family, c.1590's

Tomb Breedon Church 3, originally uploaded by hildegarde50.

The marble tomb of a very wealthy Elizabethan gentleman and his family in Breedon church, Derbyshire.

Dame Mary Evre, 1612

recline, originally uploaded by mym.

An elizabethan tomb in St Lawrence, Ludlow.

Lady, c.1600

Shipton under Wychwood, Oxfordshire

Elizabeth Williams (?), c. 1559

Thame St.Mary, is one of Oxfordshire's best churches. Simon Jenkins commented.
"In the middle of the chancel sits the tomb of Lord Williams (d.1559), Thame's leading citizen and benefactor. He lies in a cloak over his armour with a chainmail codpiece, his wife also cloaked but over a chemise. Their feet rest on a dog and a horse. The couple, carved of alabaster, lie on a Renaissance chest repaired after damage in the Civil War. They form a splendid pair. (Simon Jenkins)

Audrey Poyntz, c.1610

The most spectacular of the memorials is that of Sir Gabriel Poyntz [1538-1607] and his wife Etheldrada or Audrey. Their effigies are carved in red-veined alabaster which had been imported from France and carved by Gerard Johnson of the Southwark School in about 1610. They rest beneath a painted and carved canopy of the heavens [see pictures] on which the word Yahweh is inscribed in Arabic script to indicate that Sir Gabriel claimed to have served in a crusade.

St. Mary Magdalene, North Ockendon, Essex

Dorithe Gedney, c.1591

Bag Enderby, Lincolnshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.

Bag Enderby, Lincolnshire

Gednay monument in the chancel. 1591.

Philippa Pollard, c.1606

Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.

Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire

All that remains of the earlier church in Nuneham are the effigies of Anthony (died 1577) and Philippa Pollard (died 1606) which are placed in a shelter in the churchyard.

Elizabethan Tomb, Goudhurst

Robert Oxenbridge, c.1574

Family grave: mum, originally uploaded by Pete Reed.

St Andrews Church in Hurstbourne Priors, the monument is to Robert Oxenbridge

Robert Oxenbridge, c.1574

Family grave: the kids, originally uploaded by Pete Reed.

It is St Andrews Church in Hurstbourne Priors, the monument is to Robert Oxenbridge.

January 10, 2007

Sir Fulke Greville, 1559

Interesting sleeves. There are hanging sleeves behind the small puffed shoulders that look almost like tippets.

Alcester, Warwickshire

Monument to Sir Fulke Greville 1559.

Tudor Figures

Elizabethan figures, originally uploaded by Gumbot.

Arthor Babham, 1561

Of note in this image is the two different ways of wearing the same headdress. The senior woman has the tail of the hood folded back onto the top of the head and the younger women have it hanging down their backs.

Holy Trinity Church, Cookham, Berkshire

Dame Mary Evre, 1612

Ludlow, Shropshire, originally uploaded by Oxfordshire Church Illustrations.

The tombstone in the back would indicate a date of 1612, consistant with clothing. Interesting bustline on the bodice.

Ludlow, Shropshire

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Sir Fulke Greville, 1559

Alcester, Warwickshire

Monument to Sir Fulke Greville 1559. Described by Pevsner 'Not as skillful as somebut as forceful as any.

Elizabeth Williams (?), c. 1559

The tomb of Lord Williams of Thame (died 1559 and his wife Elizabeth. The tomb chest was damaged during the Civil War. It was repaired in the 17th century by William Bird of Oxford who added the Unicorn and greyhound at their feet.

Thame, Oxfordshire, St. Mary's Church

Elizabeth Williams(?), c. 1559

The tomb of Lord Williams of Thame (died 1559) and his wife Elizabeth. The tomb chest was damaged during the Civil War. It was repaired in the 17th century by William Bird of Oxford who added the Unicorn and greyhound at their feet.

Thame, Oxfordshire, St. Mary's Church

Elizabeth Hobyís, 1609

Monument to Sir Thomas Hobyís widow, Elizabeth (died 1609). Nine years after the death of Sir Thomas she married Lord John Russell who also predeceased her.

She kneels at a prayer desk. Behind her kneel three daughters who predeceased her.

Facing her is Anne, Countess of Worcester, her only surviving daughter. In front of her, too young to kneel is the son of her second marriage, who died an infant. Outside the arch but behind her are her two sons who survived her, Sir Edward Hoby and Sir Thomas Posthumous Hoby whom as his name suggests was born after the death of his father.

Bisham, Berkshire

Sonning, Berkshire

Heavily worn remains of an old monument (weepers) in the south chapel.

Anne Parry, 1585

The kneeling figure of 1585 is of Mrs Anne Parry, a monument of a similarly fine quality to that of at Englefield .

16th Century Middle Class Clothing

This blog will focus on 16th Century Middle Class clothing. It will be a repository for things I find on the web.