ca. 1640 Henrietta Maria by ? (location unknown to gogm)

Henrietta Maria wears a lace collar in this portrait from about 1640. It is reasonable to believe that it is by or after Sir Anthonis van Dyck.

I can not source this image; image made lighter and edges cropped by gogm.  It is used by Lara Corsets and Gowns on the Web.

ca. 1640 Henrietta Maria by ? (location unknown to gogm)
detail from "Queen Henrietta Maria," unknown artist, c. 1640, English w/French influence, 17th century. Ashelford, Jane. The Art of Dress: Clothes and Society 1500-1914. London: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1996. p. 71, pl. 55.


According to Ashelford, The Art of Dress, p. 71 (1996) - "Queen Henrietta-Maria preferred a high-waisted, square-cut bodice, but the natural waistline of her costume in this portrait is indicated by a rope of pearls. A deep lace collar attached to the neckline is masked by a fine gauze handkerchief folded diagonally and fastened with a jeweled button at the throat. Her smock sleeves with their lace cuffs have been turned back over the bodice sleeve. Delicate bands of gold braid are the only decoration on the matching red satin skirt and bodice. Such a low and visible décolletage would only have been worn at court."

What Ashelford calls a "square-cut bodice" I call a "trapezoidal bodice" because a trapezoid is a square with sloped sides.

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