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King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Unknown artist, circa 1590 - NPG 1188 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1590
8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (203 mm x 143 mm)
Purchased, 1899
Primary Collection
NPG 1188


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This portrait shows James as king of Scotland before he succeeded to the crown of England and Wales. On the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, James moved his court to London. Previously thought to be a nineteenth century painting, recent technical analysis has shown that this portrait dates from the late sixteenth century.

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  • NPG D16663: King James I of England and VI of Scotland (after)
  • NPG D42678: King James I of England and VI of Scotland (after)
  • NPG D42679: King James I of England and VI of Scotland (after)

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