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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Unknown artist, late 16th century (1574) - NPG 63 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, late 16th century (1574)
46 1/2 in. x 28 3/4 in. (1181 mm x 730 mm)
Purchased, 1859
Primary Collection
NPG 63


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James is seen in this painting at the age of eight, dressed for hunting with a sparrow hawk on his gloved left hand. The inscription in Latin above his head to the right reads 'IACOBVS DEI GRATIA REX: / SCOTORVM AETATIS SVAE 8. / 1574'

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  • MacLeod, Catherine, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection at Montacute House, 1999, p. 26
  • Robin Gibson, Pets in Portraits, 2015, p. 8
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 331
  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 176

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Current affairs

Arrival in England of the first Jesuit missionaries from the English College at Douai, France. During Queen Elizabeth I's reign, ninety-eight of these priests will be executed for attempting to restore Catholicism in England.

Art and science

The Earl of Leicester's Men, a troupe of actors lead by James Burbage, receives the first royal patent to be granted to a company of players.

International

Death of Charles IX of France. His brother Henry, King of Poland succeeds him as Henry III. Henry leaves Poland for France. The Polish Assembly formally deposes him from the Polish throne. Ottoman forces capture the port of Tunis from Spain. After an eleven-month siege by Spanish forces, the city of Leiden in the Netherlands is relieved by a fleet of Dutch privateers (known as 'Sea Beggars') after dykes are cut and the local area flooded.

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