This next illustration in Tudor Queens and Consorts features Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, based on carved reliefs found in a preserved cupboard known as the “Sudbury Hutch.” The original hutch is on display in the chapel of St James’ Church in Louth, Lincolnshire. It was a gift from the vicar, Thomas Sudbury, circa 1500. Portrait cabinets such as these continued in popularity throughout the time of Henry VIII and throughout the 16th c.
The framed archways seen above their portraits are indicative of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance Art. The Tudor rose between them symbolizes the union of the Houses of Lancaster and York.
I recently found some of my original drawings which I had pieced together in my scanner for the final design of this page. For this one, I worked on rather large sheets and then played around with the placement and framing to fit everything on the page while matching the motif of the original carvings. For the colour version above, I used some of the golds, greens, reds and blues we may have seen on such royal pieces. I have no documentation that the hutch was actually coloured - this was purely for fun!