ca. 1580 Elizabeth Hardwick (1520–1608), Countess of Shrewsbury by ? (Hardwick Hall - Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire UK)

Even with substantial added lightness, this portrait is black on black. Bess' fur-trimmed or fur-lined coat or over-dress is spectacular. Her over-garment has rolled sleeves with puffed cloth ornaments.

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