The image on the front cover of my Dyer book is the headpiece to the 1628 St. Martin-in-the-Fields churchwarden account. Each year, for several years, another drawing in the same style, was added as the headpiece, as well as another for the tailpiece. These images are extraordinary, and I have never seen such elaborate and skilled images in the many other parish books that I have seen.

Immediately below is the tailpiece for 1625.

Image courtesy of the City of Westminster Archives.

Curiously, the style of these images is similar to the imagery on Mary Dyer’s resplendent dress. That dress was described as “worked in many colored silks, with gold and silver thread, by her own hands. . . . The groundwork of this dress was rich white satin—butterflies, flowers, grasshoppers, with other insects, were the chosen figures.”(1) I like to imagine that Mary Dyer drew these headpiece and tailpiece images, but there is no proof and it would be unlikely. Nevertheless, they are composed in a style and spirit that I think she would admire.

Immediately below is one fragment of Mary Dyer’s dress.

Photograph by Johan Winsser. Courtesy of private collection.


(1) Cornelia Joy-Dyer, Some Records of the Dyer Family (New York: Thomas Whittaker, 1884), 128.