1579 Plimpton sieve portrait of Queen Elizabeth by George Gower (Folger Shakespeare Library - Washington, DC USA)

The legend "Tutto vedo molto mancha" ("I see all much is lacking:) is seen att he upper left.

From Wikimedia; spots removed throughout image with Photoshop by gogm. The cropping truncated the very top of Elizabeth's cap.

Queen Elizabeth looks much better wearing simpler dresses with large areas covered with plain unadorned  velvet rather than jewels and busy geometric patterns. Also her sleeves are relatively simple with thin gold chevrons pointing up slightly puffed sleeves. Her bent left arm illustrates an advantage of slashing, the slashes allow air trapped while bending the arm to escape so the pressure of trapped air does not paralyze moving the sleeve. She wears a jeweled cap decorated with tufts of puffed cloth; her pearl-edged veil hangs from the cap.

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