King James II
- Extended catalogue entry
Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
King James II
by Unknown artist
31 5/8 in. x 24 3/4 in. (803 mm x 630 mm) overall
This portraitback to top
The costume offers anomalies characteristic of the time: à la romaine and laureate, he wears a long wig, the collar and medal of the Garter, and the badge is applied to his Roman tunic. The two fillets round his neck display the rose, fleur-de-lys and thistle (for England, France and Scotland), indicating a portrait of James as King, 1685-88.
NPG 5869 is more spirited than the bust of James at Edinburgh (or the near-contemporary terracotta of Charles II attributed to John Bushnell now in the Fitzwilliam Museum), and the possibility of it being the work of a Flemish modeller is strong.
Referenceback to top
Simon & Saywell (eds.) 2004
Complete Illustrated Catalogue, NPG, ed. J. Simon & D. Saywell, 2004, p 332.
Provenanceback to top
‘Property of a Lady’, sold Christie’s, 24 April 1986, lot 64 as late 17th- or 18th-century Flemish, bought Leggatt for the NPG.
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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