Room 4: Early Stuart Britain

See the portraits currently on display in Room 4 here

Room 4

© The National Portrait Gallery, London

With the death of Elizabeth I in 1603 the Tudor dynasty came to an end. James VI of Scotland, a cousin of the Elizabeth’s succeeded to the English throne, becoming James I of England. The Stuart family was to reign for over a century, a period of great achievements but also of civil upheaval on an unprecedented scale.

Literary culture flourished as never before. James a prolific writer himself, commissioned the hugely influential ‘King James’ translation of the Bible: his queen, Anne patronised dramatists and poets: and the public theatres experienced enormous popularity.