Portrait of James VI and I, King of Scotland and England

For a small historic house museum, Agecroft Hall has a fairly extensive collection of Tudor-Stuart portraits. It becomes even more impressive when one thinks about how we depict Tudor-Stuart England while situated on the banks of a river in modern-day Richmond, Virginia. One of our portraits is a late seventeenth century, early eighteenth century portrait of James VI and I, King of Scotland (1567-1625) and England (1603-1625). In this half-length portrait of King James, he is turned slightly to the left wearing a high crowned gray hat with a turned up brim which is decorated with a jewel and feather. A large collar with a lace edge rests a top a dark cloak which covers a many pearl buttoned

Food during the Lenten season in 17th Century England

A Christian holy time, the Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts approximately 40 days, ending on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter. During Lent, many Christians fast and give up certain luxuries to replicate Jesus’s sacrifices, although the way different denominations both observe and calculate Lent varies. Food and fasting plays a large part in modern Lenten observation, as it did during the seventeenth century. Many people know the beginning of Lent, not because of Ash Wednesday, but because of Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. In Tudor and Stuart England, people followed this tradition, eating pancakes or fritters to “celebrate”

A Fresh Face for Agecroft Rooms

We’ve been freshening up our bedchambers here at Agecroft Hall. In an attempt to bring more historical accuracy to our tour, we decided to paint the South Chamber and the Tapestry Chamber, the two bedchambers on exhibit. If you’ve been to visit Agecroft, you might remember the dark, yellow-y color in those two rooms. After researching paint colors and room decorations, we decided to paint the rooms a stone color, more similar to the paint used by people in the Tudor and Stuart periods. Paint colors in the 17th century were surprisingly quite varied. While many formal rooms were still hung with oak paneling, other, less formal rooms, such as bedchambers, were painted and hung with various wal

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