1592 Bess Hardwicke,Countess of Shrewsbury by Rowland Lockey (National Portrait Gallery - London UK)


Bess is in black, presumably after the death of her fourth husband in November 1590.

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Bess wears a black velvet widow's dress with color relief provided by her ruff and four spectacular rows of pearls in this 1592 portrait. She may be wearing a wheel or French farthingale - there is no way to tell.

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