For our next look at the pages in Tudor Queens and Consorts, I’m skipping the 3rd illustration (which is a lovely pattern) and instead moving on to a more historically dynamic piece. The book is laid out in chronological order so now we find ourselves witnessing the marriage of Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV. The original inspiration comes from this page in a late 15th c. book by Jean de Wavrin called Chronicles d’Angleterre.
As with each page, I try to find the best way to showcase the original artwork within the size of the book page, while making sure it is an illustration that is enjoyable and relaxing to color. While we don’t see the stairs, the floor, or all of the people in the background, we do see the wedding itself, including the crown in Edward IV’s hand, and some of the floral patterns in the border. I also wanted to capture the heraldry of the fleur de lis crest and the firing canons at the bottom. Lastly, can you see that Natalie and I could not resist including those strange pointy hats on the ladies? What a fascinating style!