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King James I of England and VI of Scotland

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The son of Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley, James was crowned King of Scotland in 1567, at the age of one; he succeeded Elizabeth I of England in 1603. His unshakeable belief in the Divine Right of Kings and the money and honours he showered on his favourites fuelled his critics. But his commitment to peace and reconciliation balanced religious divisions and successfully held the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland together under one ruler for the first time.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    late 16th C

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    118.1 x 73 cm

  • Accession number

    63

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1859

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