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studio of John de Critz the Elder, James I of England and VI of Scotland

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)

Details

Country House
Doddington Hall
Title(s)
James I of England and VI of Scotland
Date
? c.1610
Location
Brown Parlour
Medium and support
Oil on panel
Dimensions
Overall height: 110 cm, Overall width: 85 cm
Artist
studio of John de Critz the Elder (1551/2-1642)
Catalogue Number
DN15

Description

This is one of several variants of the three-quarter-length portrait of James I by John de Critz the Elder (c.1550–1642). Others include the versions in the National Maritime Museum1 and at Montacute House, presented by James I to the former speaker of the House of Commons Sir Edward Phelips. De Critz, who came to England from Antwerp as a child, was established as an independent artist by the 1590s. From 1603 he held the appointment of serjeant painter of the king, a post he held jointly with Leonard Fryer and subsequently Robert Peake. The composition has been dated to c.1610, by which time de Critz operated an extensive studio.

by Martin Postle

Footnotes

  1. BHC 2796.

    1

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