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17th Century Oil On Panel Portrait Of James 1 Of England And James VI Of Scotland - Manner Of John De Critz.


£11,950 | $16,270 USD | €13,301 EUR
Item Number: SA761459
Date of manufacture: 17th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Period Portraits
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Period Portraits are proud to present this fine oil on panel portrait which dates to the early 17th century. It is a contemporary variant of the first likeness of James taken after his accession to the English throne in 1603. The prime version was executed by John de Critz, who was, along with Robert Peake, a court ‘Serjeant Painter’ from 1605. As the first likeness of James as King of England. This image was in demand, due to the desire to show loyalty to the new Stuart regime.
James 1 of England and James VI of Scotland (1603-1625)
When ‘Good Queen Bess’ died in 1603 leaving no heirs, the crown of England went to this man James VI of Scotland, a distant cousin, who became James I of England. He was a biblical expert and the author of books on monarchy, witchcraft, sport and smoking. His downfall of course, a belief in the Divine Right of Kings where the monarch is subject to no earthly authority, deriving the right to rule directly from the will of God
In this portrait James wears an elegant black hat likely created from a base of buckram fabric edged with wire. It’s covered in velvet and lined with satin, its turned up brim fastened to the crown with a jewelled brooch.
John de Critz ( 1551-1642)
De Critz was one of a number of painters of Flemish and Dutch origin active at the English royal court during the reigns of James I of England and Charles I of England. He held the post of Serjeant Painter to the king from 1603, at first jointly with Leonard Fryer and from 1610 jointly with Robert Peake the Elder.
The artist was born in Antwerp and his Flemish parents brought him as a boy to England during the Habsburg persecution of Dutch Protestants. He was an apprentice to the artist and poet Lucas de Heere. De Critz established himself as an independent artist by the late 1590s, and in 1603 he was appointed ‘serjeant-painter’ to the king.
De Critz's work entailed the restoration of decorative detail, the painting and guilding of royal coaches and barges, and individual tasks such as painting the signs and letters on a royal sun-dial as well as his more well known royal portraits.
This painting is in an excellent state of conservation and is ready to hang and enjoy in a wide antique gilt frame with its original gilding. Good quality versions such as this can be found in important collections, such as the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Prado, and the National Portrait Gallery.
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Panel: 12.5" x 15.5” / 32cm x 39cm Framed: 19" x 21” / 49cm x 54cm
Price: £11950
Internal Ref: PP000158


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 17th Century.


Height = 54 cm (21.3")
Width = 49 cm (19.3")
Depth = 4 cm (1.6")

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