Tudor Clothing - Dress to Impress
Francois de Lorraine
This portrait was painted in the late 1500s and was attributed to Rowland Lockey. Francois de Lorraine was French and the uncle of Mary Queen of Scots.
How can we tell he is rich?
In this portrait we can see Francois wearing a Tudor 'doublet' jacket and a pair of 'hose' that look a little bit like shorts. The shorts were often stuffed with straw as padding to make the gentleman's legs look more muscular. If you look closely at his hat there is an ostrich feather, which tells us that he had a lot of money because poor people would not have been able to afford such luxuries.
Is there something missing from Francois neck?
He is not wearing a ruff, this is not because he is poor but because he was French and at this time ruffs had not become a fashion item in France.
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If you visit Temple Newsam you may be able to find a relative of Francois de Lorraine, in the Great Hall. But who has the larger beard?