In true courtly style,
John Gerarde dressed to impress. He could justifiably say
that he had "in my time wore three-pile" velvet
- unlike the boastful Autolycus in The Winter's Tale
(Act 4, Scene3).
Note his velvet gown, doublet,
signet ring, and starched ruff. This portrait appears in
his own best-seller, Herbal (1597).
It was among the most successful illustrated books of its
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