by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1700
49 7/8 in. x 40 3/4 in. (1268 mm x 1035 mm)
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- Eleanor James (active 1685-1715), Printer and political writer. Sitter in 1 portrait.
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The wife of a London printer, Thomas James, 'a man that reads much, knows his business well, and is...something the better known for being husband to that she-state-politician Mrs Eleanor James', she was herself described by a contemporary as 'a mixture of benevolence and madness'. She published pamphlets and broadsheets of advice to the reigning sovereigns from Charles II to George I and this portrait by an unknown artist well conveys the force and idiosyncracy of her character. A religious enthusiast, and instinctively intolerant, she published in 1687 her Vindication of the Church of England, which is included in this portrait. She was much satirised and for a time imprisoned in Newgate.
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Exhibitions and displays
- The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding
Until 17 January 2016
- BSL Gallery Tour: Picture in Focus: Sir Henry Unton
24 September, 19:30
- In Conversation: Painting in Britain 1500-1630: Production, Influences and Patronage
10 September, 19:00