This is Margaret Cranmer, in a commissioned portrait that's a companion piece for the large Cranmer painting I did here
. She's in her velvet wedding gown, which is German in style as she was from Nuremberg, and that was where the Cranmers married. For the gown, I was inspired by Lucas Cranach's portrait of Sybille of Cleves
, the sister of Anne of Cleves. There's something quite attractive and soft about German styles of the period, as opposed to the more rigid and angular English Tudor style.
This is also the first time I ever painted velvet, which was tricky, but an interesting challenge.