King James I of England and VI of Scotland(1566-1625), Reigned Scotland 1567-1625 and England 1603-25
Sitter associated with 199 portraits
The son of Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley, James was crowned King of Scotland in 1567, at the age of one on the abdication of his mother, and the country was run until his majority by a succession of Protestant Regents. He succeeded Elizabeth I in 1603. His commitment to peace and reconciliation balanced religious divisions, and he successfully held the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland together under one ruler for the first time. Intelligent and scholarly, his greatest act of cultural patronage was probably the 'King James' translation of the Bible (1611). James's financial incompetence and his devotion to a succession of male favourites fuelled his critics, particularly after his death.
More on King James I: Tudor & Jacobean Portraits book in our Shops | Monarchs range in our Shops | Kings & Queens range in our Shops | Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver catalogue in our Shops
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by Henry Hering
albumen carte-de-visite photomontage, 1862
by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, early 17th century
- Anne of Denmark (wife)
- Princess Anne (granddaughter)
- King Charles I (son)
- King Charles II (grandson)
- Charles Lewis (Louis), Elector Palatine (grandson)
- Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley (father)
- Princess Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia and Electress Palatine (daughter)
- Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate (granddaughter)
- Frederick Henry, Prince of the Palatinate (grandson)
- Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orleans (granddaughter)
- Henry, Prince of Wales (son)
- Henry, Duke of Gloucester (grandson)
- King James II (grandson)
- Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox (grandmother)
- Louise Hollandine, Princess Palatine (granddaughter)
- Princess Mary (daughter)
- Mary, Queen of Scots (mother)
- Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (granddaughter)
- Maurice, Prince Palatine (grandson)
- Prince Rupert, Count Palatine (grandson)
- Princess Sophia (daughter)
- Princess Sophia, Electress of Hanover (granddaughter)
Do, draw and make!
Do, draw and make!
From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!
Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.
Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.