“In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor & Stuart Fashion” Review

I recently went to the amazing “In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor & Stuart Fashion” in the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. I had just finished tours at Kensington Palace and then took the Number 9 bus (a Routemaster) from Palace Gate to Green Park and then walked across the beautiful Green Park towards Buckingham Palace. I was really lucky that the weather was beautiful that day. Since I paid the fee to enter and have taken the time to take these photos, please DO NOT take them unless you attribute them to me (Andrea Zuvich).

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I collected my tickets from a friendly chap at the desk and then went through the airport security (which I am all for, in this day and age with terrorist nutters everywhere) and went up the lovely stone staircase to get the free audio guide and I entered the exhibition. In the beginning is the Tudor section, with famous portraits of King Henry VIII, his daughter, Elizabeth I:

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Next, came the Stuart section, of which this exhibition largely consisted. Some objects, including items reputedly worn by King Charles I, I was unable to photos of, so, I apologise. The rest, however, are from the Royal Collection.

Here is Anne of Denmark, wife and queen consort of King James I:

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As you can see, there is an amazing amount of detail – look at the embroidered fabric – all brought to life with the artist’s brush. This next painting is quite unique – look at the odd earring which seems to have a thin coiled metal hanging down past her ruff:
DSC_0065Next we have Henrietta Maria, who was the queen consort of King Charles I, and mother of Charles II, James II, Minette, etc…
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Yey! It’s my favourite lady, Queen Mary II, looking positively splendid in her blue dress and ermine-trimmed robe.DSC_0068DSC_0070Here we have the beauteous Frances Stuart, she who became the model for Britannia:DSC_0072DSC_0073DSC_0078DSC_0086Here is a painting of Charles II and his sister, Mary, the Princess of Orange, dancing together:DSC_0083DSC_0080DSC_0084DSC_0079Here is Mary Stuart, Princess Royal of England and Princess of Orange, wife of William II of Orange and mother of William III:DSC_0082

Here is Queen Mary II’s patch box – gold and red and wonderful. I saw this exhibited at Hampton Court Palace last year in the The Wild, the Beautiful, & the Damned, but it was a pleasure to see it again in person:DSC_0085Next we have another painting of an older Anne of Denmark:DSC_0090Detail from painting above, I love the dogs…

DSC_0091This was my favourite group scene painting:
DSC_0087This is the Rembrandt they had on display – I was floored by how photo realistic it was, just look at the lace and the ornamentation on her dress – and look at the position of her thumb – isn’t it amazing?DSC_0092Here again is the lovely Henrietta Maria, followed by a detail of the same painting:

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DSC_0089I also bought a fabulous book and Robe magazine (which is a lovely 17th-century style magazine- I bought two copies of this, one of which I will give away in a few days!):

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Hear ye! 7 thoughts — so far — on ““In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor & Stuart Fashion” Review”:

  1. Carol

    Thanks soooooooooo much for the tour Andrea! I really really appreciate it! A big high 5 all the way from Niagara Falls Canada…xox

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  2. Nora Vester

    Thank you for letting me know! I was trying to find out the origin of a painting that represents a baby resembling exactly the child in the middle of this painting.

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