Picture of the Week #30

17th century embroidered jacket and painting. Victoria & Albert Museum, May 2003.

If I remember correctly, this is the earliest known example of a textile shown in a painting where both the painting and the textile still exist. It slightly post-dates the Elizabethan period – the jacket was made in 1610 and altered in 1620. The sitter is Margaret Laton and the painting is attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger.

For a better version of this image, here is a link to the page for these items at the Victoria & Albert Museum.


  1. That is really cool and so pretty!

  2. It’s an awesome pair of objects, isn’t it? I knew it was there before I went to the museum on that trip, so I went looking for it specifically.

  3. WOW. I cant’ get over how well-preserved and pretty it still is! Great photo!

  4. That has so much workmanship in it. I can’t believe the details and work that has gone into it. Its like looking at a real gourmet meal after a diet of fast food. We just don’t think about our clothes this way, do we? Washers, driers and department stores have a lot to answer for…

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