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The Roiail Progenei of our Most Sacred King James

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The Roiail Progenei of our Most Sacred King James

by Benjamin Wright, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1619
15 1/2 in. x 11 3/4 in. (394 mm x 299 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D1370

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  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6556 portraits.
  • Benjamin Wright (1575-1613), Artist and cartographer. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.

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The accession of James I in 1603 established a new dynasty on the throne of England, following over a century of Tudor rule. This print was produced as a visual family tree to demonstrate James I's rightful claim to the throne via his great grandmother, Margaret Tudor, sister to Henry VIII. It was first published by John Woutneel, a London printmaker in 1603.

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  • Cannadine, Sir David (Introduction); Cooper, Tarnya; Stewart, Louise; MacGibbon, Rab; Cox, Paul; Peltz, Lucy; Moorhouse, Paul; Broadley, Rosie; Jascot-Gill, Sabina, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits, 2018 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA, 7 October 2018 -3 February 2019. Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia, 16 March - 14 July 2019.), p. 26

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Current affairs

Queen of James I, Anne of Denmark dies at Hampton Court of consumption and dropsy. Her state funeral is comparable to that of Elizabeth I.
The first permanent banqueting house at Whitehall, built for James I, is destroyed by fire. Inigo Jones is immediately commissioned to design a new one.

Art and science

Clergyman, Arthur Hildersham, publishes A Briefe Forme of Examination and The Doctrine of Communicating Worthily in the Lord's Supper. A Puritan divine, Hildersham advocated for regular communion and emphasised the need of assurance in salvation.


Frederick V, Elector Palatine and his wife, Elizabeth, James I's daughter, are crowned King and Queen of Bohemia.
The first Africans start to arrive in Virginia, North America, as indentured servants. Gradually a shift in their status

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