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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

(1566-1625), Reigned Scotland 1567-1625 and England 1603-25

Sitter associated with 198 portraits
The son of Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley, James was crowned King of Scotland in 1567, at the age of one on the abdication of his mother, and the country was run until his majority by a succession of Protestant Regents. He succeeded Elizabeth I in 1603. His commitment to peace and reconciliation balanced religious divisions, and he successfully held the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland together under one ruler for the first time. Intelligent and scholarly, his greatest act of cultural patronage was probably the 'King James' translation of the Bible (1611). James's financial incompetence and his devotion to a succession of male favourites fuelled his critics, particularly after his death.

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D18195

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18195

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D18192

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18192

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D18197

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18197

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, probably by Johann Jakob Metzger, after  A. Bloem - NPG D18189

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

probably by Johann Jakob Metzger, after A. Bloem
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18189

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Robert Vaughan, after  Unknown artist - NPG D18239

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Robert Vaughan, after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18239

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Robert Vaughan, after  Unknown artist - NPG D18238

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Robert Vaughan, after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18238

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, published by Eberhard Kieser - NPG D18262

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

published by Eberhard Kieser
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18262

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Jacques Grandhomme (Granthomme), after  Unknown artist - NPG D18254

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Jacques Grandhomme (Granthomme), after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18254

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Jacques de Fornazeris, after  Unknown artist - NPG D18253

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Jacques de Fornazeris, after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18253

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D18252

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18252

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D18251

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18251

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem), after  Unknown artist - NPG D18255

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Christoffel van Sichem (Voschem), after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18255

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Simon de Passe, after  Unknown silversmith - NPG D18256

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Simon de Passe, after Unknown silversmith
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18256

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Simon de Passe, after  Unknown silversmith - NPG D18257

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Simon de Passe, after Unknown silversmith
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18257

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D18260

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18260

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D18261

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18261

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D18199

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18199

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, probably by Johann Jakob Metzger, after  A. Bloem - NPG D18188

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

probably by Johann Jakob Metzger, after A. Bloem
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18188

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