Y2D51 and Elizabethans

by Sketchy on the Detail

Today I saw the Elizabeth I and Her People at the National Portrait Gallery, whilst I was waiting for a friend to finish work. It was very good, with many beautifully painted portraits and gorgeous personal objects to study. I really love the costumes from that period – not the style mind, but the intricate patterns and lush textures on the fabrics that they used. Simply beautiful.

Afterwards I went upstairs to sketch in the Tudor galleries to pass a little more time. I find the different ways people try to remember those who have died fascinating. And if you’re someone with money you can have all sort of objects created to immortalise that person. Death masks and effigies such as this one for Elizabeth of York being  examples, though this is an 1870s electrotype copy of the original.