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Anne of Denmark (1574-1619), Queen of James I

Sitter associated with 44 portraits
The daughter of Frederick II of Denmark, Anne married James VI of Scotland in 1589. During her time in Scotland she converted from Lutheranism to Catholicism, but James allowed her to practise in private, and her early life with him was relatively happy. Anne and James had seven children, although only Henry, Elizabeth and Charles lived beyond early childhood. In England, Anne made an important contribution to the social and cultural life at court, commissioning artists and writers - most notably Ben Jonson, composers and choreographers, as well as collecting art, particually portraiture.

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'James I and his royal progeny'

by Willem de Passe, published by John Bill, sold by Thomas Jenner
line engraving, circa 1625-1637
NPG D19378


Anne of Denmark

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Paul van Somer
engraving, 1730s
NPG D42872


'James I and his royal progeny'

by Charles Turner, published by Samuel Woodburn, after Willem de Passe
mezzotint, published 1814
NPG D19477