Sir Lionel Cust and Elizabeth I’s kirtle | Brief letters | Education

You report that Eleri Lynn recently discovered that the Bacton altar cloth was once a piece of clothing of Elizabeth I (Fine fabric is lost piece of Elizabeth I’s dress, say experts, 28 September). However, in 1918 Sir Lionel Cust, a former director of the National Portrait Gallery, published an article on the altar cloth in the Burlington Magazine saying “it is quite reasonable to suggest that the embroidery given by Mistress Parry to Bacton Church is a piece of…

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Elizabeth I’s lost dress to go on display at Hampton Court Palace | Education

It was made of the finest chamblet silk, woven with strips of beaten silver, and had been exquisitely embroidered in a rich pattern of plants, beasts and butterflies. To Eleri Lynn, curator of the dress collection at Historic Royal Palaces, that meant only one thing. The faded piece of fabric she was looking at, hanging on the wall of a tiny rural parish church where it had been placed 100 years earlier, could only be a lost piece of clothing…

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