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King James II

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King James II, by Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen), 1639 -NPG 5104 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

King James II

by Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen)
11 3/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (289 mm x 200 mm)
NPG 5104

Inscriptionback to top

Signed with initials along bottom edge of curtain: CJ 1639.

This portraitback to top

Acquired in 1976 as one of a set of three portraits by Johnson of the eldest children of Charles I, the others being Charles II (NPG 5103) and Mary, Princess of Orange 1631-60 (NPG 5105). Finberg recorded a portrait by Cornelius Johnson dated ‘1657’ of ‘King James when a child’, sold Prestage & Hobbs, 1 April 1762, lot 43. [1]

Footnotesback to top

1) A. Finberg, Wal. Soc., X, 1922, p 37, under no.112.

Referenceback to top

Simon & Saywell (eds.) 2004
Complete Illustrated Catalogue, NPG, ed. J. Simon & D. Saywell, 2004, p 332.

Provenanceback to top

Painted for Charles I;1 Jan van Belcamp; commonwealth sale, 23 October 1651, bought Houghton ‘and others’; recovered by the Royal family at the Restoration and listed in Royal inventories until the time of Queen Anne;2 acquired c.1928 by the 2nd Baron Fairhaven (d. 1973); purchased from the 3rd Baron in lieu of Estate Duty through Morton Morris 1976.

1 G. Vertue, Notebooks, Wal. Soc., XXIV, 1936, pp 97, 127 (citing Charles I Inventory of 1649: ‘three pictures at len: Prince Princes & Duke of York by Johnson’).
2 Millar, Burl. Mag., CIV, 1962, p 330.

Exhibitionsback to top

Age of Charles II, RA, 1960, no.530.

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.

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