Search the Collection

King James II

(1633-1701), Reigned 1685-88

Sitter associated with 132 portraits
James II was Charles II's younger brother and became King in 1685. A convert to Roman Catholicism ruling a largely Protestant population, he advocated greater tolerance towards Catholics in his Declaration of Indulgence of 1687. When the Archbishop of Canterbury and six bishops requested he reconsider, they were arrested. In 1688 a group of Protestant nobles asked William, Prince of Orange to come to England with an army. James fled to France, where he lived in exile for the rest of his life, while William of Orange and his wife Mary, James's daughter, reigned in Great Britain.

Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below

List Thumbnail

King James II when Duke of York, published by Alexander Browne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D11410

King James II when Duke of York

published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1680-4
NPG D11410

King James II, published by Isaac Beckett - NPG D11822

King James II

published by Isaac Beckett
mezzotint, circa 1681-1688
NPG D11822

King James II, by Leonardus Henricus van Otteren, after  Unknown artist - NPG D18566

King James II

by Leonardus Henricus van Otteren, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1684
NPG D18566

King James II, by and published by Arnold van Westerhout, after  Unknown artist - NPG D32728

King James II

by and published by Arnold van Westerhout, after Unknown artist
etching and line engraving, 1685
NPG D32728

King James II, published by Henri Bonnart, and published by  Nicoló Billy, after  Unknown artist - NPG D32729

King James II

published by Henri Bonnart, and published by Nicoló Billy, after Unknown artist
etching, circa 1685-1688
NPG D32729

King James II, after Unknown artist - NPG D30783

King James II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1685-1688
NPG D30783

King James II, by Pieter Schenck, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D7864

King James II

by Pieter Schenck, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1685-1688
NPG D7864

King James II, by Pieter Schenck, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D7865

King James II

by Pieter Schenck, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1685-1688
NPG D7865

King James II, by Gerard Valck, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D7866

King James II

by Gerard Valck, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1685-1688
NPG D7866

King James II, by Pieter Schenck, after  Unknown artist - NPG D8429

King James II

by Pieter Schenck, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1685-1688
NPG D8429

King James II, by Robert Williams, published by  Edward Cooper, after  William Wissing - NPG D11959

King James II

by Robert Williams, published by Edward Cooper, after William Wissing
mezzotint, circa 1685
NPG D11959

King James II, by Nicolas Arnoult, after  Antoine Dieu - NPG D18574

King James II

by Nicolas Arnoult, after Antoine Dieu
line and stipple engraving, 1685-1688
NPG D18574

King James II, by Nicolas Arnoult, after  Antoine Dieu - NPG D18575

King James II

by Nicolas Arnoult, after Antoine Dieu
line and stipple engraving, 1685-1688
NPG D18575

King James II, after Unknown artist - NPG D18577

King James II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1685-1688
NPG D18577

King James II, after Unknown artist - NPG D18582

King James II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1685-1688
NPG D18582

King James II, after Unknown artist - NPG D18584

King James II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1685-1694
NPG D18584

King James II, after Unknown artist - NPG D18583

King James II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1685-1694
NPG D18583

King James II, after Unknown artist - NPG D18587

King James II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1685-1688
NPG D18587

King James II, by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, after  Unknown artist - NPG D18589

King James II

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1685-1688
NPG D18589

Related People

Media

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.