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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, after Unknown artist - NPG D18938

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18938

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Domenicus Custos (De Coster), after  Unknown artist - NPG D18175

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Domenicus Custos (De Coster), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1602
NPG D18175

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Domenicus Custos (De Coster), after  Unknown artist - NPG D18176

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Domenicus Custos (De Coster), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1602
NPG D18176

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Heinrich Ulrich, after  Unknown artist - NPG D18179

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Heinrich Ulrich, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1602 or after
NPG D18179

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Karel van Mallery, after  Unknown artist - NPG D18246

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Karel van Mallery, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1603
NPG D18246

King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Crispijn de Passe the Elder - NPG D18173

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
line engraving, published 1604
NPG D18173

King James I of England and VI of Scotland in Parliament, possibly by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke) - NPG D18234

King James I of England and VI of Scotland in Parliament

possibly by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, published 1610 (published 1608)
NPG D18234

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