Painted Pomp: Art and Fashion in the age of Shakespeare
26 January – 6 May 2013
High society and political intrigue, this exhibition celebrates the turbulent world of Jacobean courtly society in portraits and dress.
During the 1600s the Howard family were at the very heart of royal affairs. They had schemed and plotted their way through the Plantagenets, the Tudors and were now at the centre of power in James I court.
This exhibition presents nine portraits of the main protagonists of this illustrious family including Thomas Howard, First Earl of Suffolk and Richard Sackville, Third Earl of Dorset.
The pictures are from Charlton Park, home of the Count and Countess of Suffolk and are painted by the Jacobean genius, William Larkin, sometimes nicknamed the ‘Curtain Master’ for his tendency to paint silk drapes and carpets framing the sitter. They are displayed together with seventeenth-century clothing and accessories.
Stunning portraits of the renowned beauties Lady Diana Cecil and Elizabeth Carey by William Larkin, a bone and leather fan from the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and an exquisitely embroidered jacket made in about 1615 that reveals that it was men, as much as women, who dressed to impress.