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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 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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King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Rowland Lockey, after  Arnold Bronckorst - NPG D42677

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Rowland Lockey, after Arnold Bronckorst
photogravure, published 1902 (1574)
NPG D42677

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D42678

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
colour photogravure, published 1902 (circa 1590)
NPG D42678

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D42679

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
colour photogravure, published 1902 (circa 1590)
NPG D42679

Called King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D42683

Called King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
photogravure, published 1902
NPG D42683

Called King James I of England and VI of Scotland, after Unknown artist - NPG D42684

Called King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
colour photogravure, published 1902
NPG D42684

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D20202

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18938

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D19572

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Pieter de Jode I
engraving, 1603
NPG D20186

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Simon de Passe, published by John Bill
line engraving, published circa 1616-1620
NPG D19295

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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

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

published by John Overton, and published by Peter Stent
line engraving, published circa 1665-1707
NPG D18723

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by John Simon, published by John Smith
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19136

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
mezzotint, 1721 (1617)
NPG D18874

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Charles Turner, published by Samuel Woodburn, after Francis Delaram
mezzotint, published 1814
NPG D19468

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'James I and his royal progeny'

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

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