Anne of Denmark (1574–1619)

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Anne of Denmark (1574–1619) was the wife of King James I and VI of England and Scotland, and the mother of Charles I. As well as being involved in Scottish politics of the day, she was also a great patron of the arts in England. This portrait is a copy of an original in the National Portrait Gallery, which was painted around 1612 and is attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, a favoured artist of Anne. Her black clothes indicate that she is in mourning, possibly for her son Henry, who died in 1612. After the National Portrait Gallery acquired the painting in 1969, this copy was commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of Freemasons in England and Wales. Great Queen Street, the location of Freemasons’ Hall, London is thought to be named after Anne of Denmark or her daughter-in-law, Queen Henrietta Maria.

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Anne of Denmark (1574–1619)




oil on canvas


H 76 x W 61 cm

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commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of England, 1969

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