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James, Duke of York (1633–1701)

Image credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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A full-length highly coloured Baroque portrait of James II in a Romanesque costume representing Mars, the God of War. He wears a brown full-bottomed wig, and gold armour of lapped plates and tassels. He also wears green three-quarter length hose and jewelled sandals, cross-gartered to lion mask tops. His right hand rests on a stick, his left on his hip clutching an embroidered red silk cloak that is fastened with a jewel on his right shoulder. He stands in a pavilion, delineated by red swags at the top and grey silk tasselled drapes to the right. The Duke's flagship the 'Royal Prince', 100 guns, prominently lies at anchor. Its flags signify a royal visit to the fleet in late 1672 to 1673, with the Admiralty flag at the fore, the Royal Standard at the main, and the Union flag at the mizzen.

National Maritime Museum



James, Duke of York (1633–1701)




oil on canvas


H 228.6 x W 162.5 cm

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National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)

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