King James I of England and VI of Scotland (1566–1625)

John de Critz the elder (Antwerp 1551/2 – London 1642)
National Trust Inventory Number 2900021

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date circa 1603 - 1625
Materials Oil on panel
Measurements 1130 x 876 mm (44 1/2 x 34 1/2 in)
Place of origin England
Collection Montacute House, Somerset (Accredited Museum)
On show at Montacute House, Somerset, South West, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on panel, King James I of England and VI of Scotland (1566–1625) by John de Critz the Elder (1551/2-1642). This picture is based on a full-length pattern by de Critz the Elder for which payments are recorded in 1606 and 1607, and of which autograph versions exist at Loseley Park, Surrey, and in the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Other three-quarter-length versions are in the Portland and Rosebery collections; this one formerly in the Haddington collection at Tyninghame House, East Lothian, was most recently sold at auction at Christie's, King Street, London, on 7 December 2011, lot 184.


Reputedly presented by the sitter to Sir Edward Phelips (c. 1550-1614), the builder of Montacute; thence by descent until sold at auction at Phillips, London, 15 December 1987, lot 36 (bought for £34,000); purchased by the National Trust at auction at Sotheby's, London, 6 July 2011, lot 41, with funds from the Miss Moira Carmichael bequest and from other gifts and bequests

Marks and inscriptions

Verso: Inscribed on an old label: Wm.Phelips/ Montacute House

Makers and roles

John de Critz the elder (Antwerp 1551/2 – London 1642), artist

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Materials Wood (128409)
Category Art / Oil paintings (12632)
Collection Montacute House, Somerset (Accredited Museum) (1842)
Periods 16th century (6315)
17th century (33413)
Maker John de Critz the elder (Antwerp 1551/2 – London 1642) (21)
Subjects King James I (James VI of Scotland) (1566–1625) (37)
Portrait (3269)
Object Type Oil painting (14417)

Record Status


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