An imposing and fine quality 18th century portrait of James I of England and James VI of Scotland. Ready to hang in a period painted wooden frame with gilt highlights.

James 1 of England and James VI of Scotland (1603-1625) When ‘Good Queen Bess’ died in 1603 leaving no heirs, the crown of England went to this man James VI of Scotland, a distant cousin, who became James I of England. He was a biblical expert and the author of books on monarchy, witchcraft, sport and smoking. His downfall of course a belief in the Divine Right of Kings where the monarch is subject to no earthly authority, deriving the right to rule directly from the will of God

In this portrait James wears an elegant black hat likely created from a base of buckram fabric edged with wire. It’s covered in velvet and lined with satin, its turned up brim fastened to the crown with a jewelled brooch.

John de Critz  ( 1551-1642) was one of a number of painters of Flemish and Dutch origin active at the English royal court during the reigns of James I of England and Charles I of England. He held the post of Serjeant Painter to the king from 1603, at first jointly with Leonard Fryer and from 1610 jointly with Robert Peake the Elder.

De Critz was born in Antwerp and his Flemish parents brought him as a boy to England during the Habsburg persecution of Dutch Protestants. He was an apprentice to the artist and poet Lucas de Heere. De Critz established himself as an independent artist by the late 1590s, and in 1603 he was appointed ‘serjeant-painter’ to the king.

De Critz's work entailed the restoration of decorative detail, the painting and guilding of royal coaches and barges, and individual tasks such as painting the signs and letters on a royal sun-dial as well as his more well known royal portraits.

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Canvas: 25” x 30" / 64cm x 76cm. Frame: 31" x 35" / 79cm x 89cm.

Internal Ref: 00047

Price: £5250