is the portrait of Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford, dressed in
her masque costume for Ben Jonson's Masque Hymenaei (1606)
for the marriage of the Earl of Essex and Lady Frances Howard.
The marriage ended in divorce and led to one of the most notorious
scandals of the age. One basis for Prynne's tirade against
masques is the fact that in these court entertainments Queens and
aristocratic ladies display themselves, he thought, indecently
and scandalously. Courtesy of the Marquess of Tavistock and the
Trustees of the Bedford Estates.