" Black work," or " Spanish work," a style of embroidery said to have been introduced by Cathe- rine of Aragon, 70 ; very popular during the reign of Queen Eliza, beth, 71, 73 ; jacket or tunic of, given to Viscountess Falkland by William IV., Plate xxxv, 70, 78, 79 ; pillow-cover in the posses- sion of Viscount Falkland, Plate xxxvii, 74, 79 ; sleeves for a tunic, Plate xxxviii, 76, 79 ; coverlet belonging to Viscount Falkland, 79; a portrait of the Earl of Surrey at Hampton Court, illus- trating, 80 ; specimens anterior to Henry VIII. period in several private collections, ib. \ caps and head-dresses, ib.
Both sides are broken up into small panels with a curious combination of devices. On one side may be seen a lady wearing a ruff, a mermaid, and a man surrounded by stags and rabbits. On the other are lions, unicorns, a rose, a crown and the letters I R (Jacobus Rex). There are also clasped hands, fleurs-de-lys, honeysuckle, pansies, acorns, strawberries and interlacing and geometrical patterns, on embroidered grounds of different colours.
A piece of work in the Maidstone Museum belongs to the beginning of the century. It is evidently intended to illustrate the progress of the Reformation in England. King Henry VIII. is seated in the middle with his foot on the prostrate figure of a friar. On his right stands his son and successor Edward VI., crowned and holding a sceptre in his right hand and a Bible in his left. Beyond is Queen Mary holding a rosary, with a dragon at her feet.