King James II
8 of 134 portraits of King James II
- Extended catalogue entry
Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
King James II
by Unknown artist
47 1/2 in. x 38 3/4 in. (1207 mm x 984 mm)
This portraitback to top
When received in 1873 it was attributed to Riley, whose style it does not resemble; in 1939 it was considered to be probably painted by a French artist in the 1690s.  The apparent age of the sitter supports this theory.
Footnotesback to top
Referenceback to top
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, pp 177-78.
Provenanceback to top
Henry George, Kensington, 1858 as Prince Eugene by Kneller, and 1863 as James II by ‘Vanderwerte’; bought at Christie’s by Lord Orford who transferred it to Colnaghi; sold in 1871 to F. O. White, London, who sold it at Phillips, where bought Colnaghi, from whom purchased March 1873.1
1 This provenance is described in correspondence preserved in the picture file.
Exhibitionsback to top
Tercentenary Exhibition, Royal Society, Burlington House, 1960; Meet the Family, Welsh Arts Council, 1972, no.15; Beningbrough 1979–.
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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