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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.
early 17th C
oil on panel
57.2 x 41.9 cm
Transferred from the British Museum, 1879. On long-term loan to Montacute House, Somerset
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE EnglandView venue
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