1. Portraits of the time show that the huge wheel farthingales of the late 16th and early 17th century appear to have been a useful tool for disguising/accommodating pregnancy when worn above the waistline.
This portrait of Anne, Lady Pope and her children was painted by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger in 1596.

    Portraits of the time show that the huge wheel farthingales of the late 16th and early 17th century appear to have been a useful tool for disguising/accommodating pregnancy when worn above the waistline.

    This portrait of Anne, Lady Pope and her children was painted by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger in 1596.

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    Except that she’s not wearing a farthingale, her skirt doesn’t conceal her late-term pregnancy, and nobody is fooled....
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