King James I (James VI of Scotland)(1566–1625) as a boy (after Arnold van Bronckorst)
||Oil on canvas
||1150 x 700 mm
|Place of origin
James I (IV of Scotland) was the son of Mary Queen of Scots and Henry, Lord Darnley. He acceded to the throne of Scotland on 24 July 1567 and was crowned in Stirling on 29 July 1567. He acceded to the English throne on 24 March 1603 and was later crowned in Westminster Abbey on 25 July 1603. He was married by proxy in 1589 to Anne of Denmark (1574-1619), second daughter of Frederick II, King of Denmark and Norway.
This portrait was probably painted for Bess of Hardwick, for whom Lockey executed various works. It is unlikely to have been painted for her son, as after James’s accession to the English throne in 1603, there would have been little point, or need, to have a portrait of him as a boy. It was copied after the half-length (cut down from a full-length), by Arnold Brounckhorst, and painted around 1574, in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Oil painting on canvas, King James I (James VI of Scotland)(1566–1625) as a Boy (after after Arnold van Bronckorst) by Rowland Lockey (c.1565 – London 1616). Full length portrait of a young boy, facing, wearing buff doublet, embroidered sleeves, green breeches, pink hose, white lace ruff and black hat with feathers, sword, his right hand on his hip, a falcon on his left wrist.
Marks and inscriptions
top right, JACOBUS. DEOGRATIA. REX./SCOTORUM. ETATIS. SVE. 8/ 1574
Makers and roles
Rowland Lockey (c.1565 – London 1616), artist
after Arnold van Bronckhorst (c.1566 - 1586), artist