"Health, Wealth And Subtleties" (detail) by Kathryn Parsons, sugar modelling pastes

These sugar shoes were created to tell something of the story of Anne Cecil - nine years old at the time of the planned visit by Queen Elizabeth 1. The shoes were created using a variety of sugar modelling pastes, including pastillage made to a recipe unchanged since Tudor times… except that Kathryn didn't have to grind her own sugar!

"Health, Wealth And Subtleties" (detail) by Kathryn Parsons, sugar modelling pastes

These sugar shoes were created to tell something of the story of Anne Cecil - nine years old at the time of the planned visit by Queen Elizabeth 1. The shoes were created using a variety of sugar modelling pastes, including pastillage made to a recipe unchanged since Tudor times… except that Kathryn didn't have to grind her own sugar!