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.

The Holburne Museum

Great Pulteney Street, Bath, Somerset, BA2 4DB

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