About this artwork

The son of Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley, James survived a turbulent childhood to become one of Scotland’s most successful monarchs. An intellectual who also possessed shrewd common sense, he married Princess Anna of Denmark and, in 1603, achieved his greatest ambition when he succeeded Elizabeth I to the English throne. Thereafter, he prided himself on ruling his northern kingdom 'by the stroke of his pen'.

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  • artist:
    Adam de ColoneScottishFlemish (about 1593 - 1628)
  • title:
    James VI and I, 1566 - 1625. King of Scotland 1567 - 1625. King of England and Ireland 1603 - 1625
  • date created:
    after 1622
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    109.30 x 83.50 cm; Framed: 127.70 x 102.30 x 8.20 cm / 30.00 kg
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Sir Theophilus Biddulph 1948; received 1969
  • accession number:
    PG 2172
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Adam de Colone

Adam de Colone