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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.

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King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Crispijn de Passe the Elder - NPG D25690

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
line engraving, probably early 17th century
NPG D25690

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Crispijn de Passe the Elder - NPG D25691

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
line engraving, probably early 17th century
NPG D25691

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Wolfgang Kilian - NPG D25694

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Wolfgang Kilian
line engraving, possibly early to mid 17th century
NPG D25694

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Simon de Passe - NPG D25699

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Simon de Passe
line engraving, possibly early to mid 17th century
NPG D25699

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, possibly by William Faithorne, printed and published by  Sir Robert Peake - NPG D25701

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

possibly by William Faithorne, printed and published by Sir Robert Peake
line engraving, probably early 17th century
NPG D25701

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by C.G., after  Unknown artist - NPG D18180

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by C.G., after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18180

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Peter Isselburg (Yselburg, Eisselburg), after  Unknown artist - NPG D18182

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Peter Isselburg (Yselburg, Eisselburg), after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18182

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Crispijn de Passe the Elder - NPG D18193

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18193

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Crispijn de Passe the Elder - NPG D18198

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D18198

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