George Jamesone

Scottish (1589 / 1590 - 1644)
George Jamesone George Jamesone, 1589 / 1590 - 1644. Portrait painter (Self-portrait) About 1642

Biography

Born 1589 / 1590
Died 1644
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Aberdeen
Death place Edinburgh

Born in Aberdeen, the portrait painter George Jamesone was the son of a master-mason. He was apprenticed to the decorative painter, John Anderson of Edinburgh, in 1612. His earliest patrons were the merchants and academics of Aberdeen, but he soon became the painter to the nobility of the north east. From 1633 he was working in Edinburgh and painted a series of imaginary portraits of historical monarchs as decorations for the triumphal entry of Charles I. Jamesone was Scotland's first great native painter and was highly celebrated in his lifetime.