Mary Dudley, shown here, is probably the mother of Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, née
Mary Sidney, one of the first English women to achieve a major
reputation for her literary works, translations, and literary patronage.
Mary Dudley wears a dress with sleeves puffed below the elbow in this Eworth portrait. Her dress is strongly reminiscent of Queen Mary I with the lower sleeves puffed out. (Queen Mary I was also portrayed by Eworth.) The under-skirt has an intricate vegetation design.
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Nov 4, 2009, 12:53 AM
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