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James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle

(circa 1580-1636), Courtier; favourite of James I and Charles I

Sitter in 5 portraits
A wealthy courtier and favourite of both James I and Charles I, Hay undertook various diplomatic missions for both kings. He appears to have followed his family motto, 'Spare naught', and was famous for his good nature, extravagance, and splendid hospitality. Elizabeth of Bohemia, the daughter of James I, referred to him affectionately in her letters as 'camel-face'.

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James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle, by Unknown artist - NPG 5210

James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1628
On display in the Long Gallery at Montacute House
NPG 5210

James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle, by Simon de Passe - NPG D25843

James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle

by Simon de Passe
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D25843

James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle, by Simon de Passe - NPG D25844

James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle

by Simon de Passe
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D25844

James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle, by François-Germain Aliamet, after a painting attributed to  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D25846

James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle

by François-Germain Aliamet, after a painting attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, probably mid to late 18th century
NPG D25846

James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle, after Unknown artist - NPG D25845

James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly early 19th century
NPG D25845

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