Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
King James II (1633-1701), Reigned 1685-88
‘His complexion may be called light in colour, all the outlines of his face are prominent: a square forehead, the eyes large, swollen, and deep blue, the nose curved and rather large, the lips pale and thick, and the chin rather pointed’ (Lorenzo Magalotti, 1667).
‘His outward cariage was a little stif and constrain’d … and … his Temper was naturally hot and colerick’ (anon. 1702).
‘something above middle stature, well-shaped, very nervous and strong’ (Life of King James II, 1816).
This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.