The Museum at FIT
Hat, felt trimmed with wood beads, feathers, silk chenille and silk ribbon, 1885, French.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
12 Years a Slave - 2013
♔ “During the 16th century, horses were valued as symbols of power and authority, and became increasingly associated with the ruling elite. The tall, strong Destriers were highly-prized, and used primarily on the battlefield and in jousts. Palfreys, with their smooth gait and dependable nature, provided comfort for the rider, and were popular with noble women for hunting and ceremonial use. Coursers were famed for their speed and agility, and used by royalty to add speed to their travel. Henry VIII was a skilled rider, and owned more than 200 horses, his favourite being named Canicida, which he used during the hunt and falconry. Anne Boleyn, like other noble women, would have ridden astride, and was a talented horseback rider. Her daughter Elizabeth shared this love of horse riding, and particularly enjoyed galloping through the palace grounds. In the most iconic moment of her reign, Elizabeth appeared before her troops at Tilbury, giving a rousing speech as she rode through the ranks on a huge white warhorse, armed like a queen.”