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King James I of England and VI of Scotland (1566-1625), Reigned, Scotland from 1567, England 1603-25

Sitter associated with 197 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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D18249

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18249

D18250

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18250

D18175

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Domenicus Custos (De Coster), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1602
NPG D18175

D18176

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Domenicus Custos (De Coster), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1602
NPG D18176

D18178

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1602
NPG D18178

D18179

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Heinrich Ulrich, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1602 or after
NPG D18179

D18246

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Karel van Mallery, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1603
NPG D18246

D18173

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
line engraving, published 1604
NPG D18173

D18247

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Hendrik Hondius (Hond)
line engraving, 1608
NPG D18247

D18248

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Hendrik Hondius (Hond)
line engraving, 1608
NPG D18248

D18234

King James I of England and VI of Scotland in Parliament

possibly by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, published 1610 (published 1608)
On display at Forty Hall and Estate, Enfield in the exhibition Plots, Intrigue and Murder
NPG D18234