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

Image credit: © Schorr Collection/Bridgeman Images

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Head and shoulders portrait of King James wearing a bejewelled dark coat with an elaborately embroidered collar, a pearl and jewel chain of office and a dark hat embellished with gold set, square cut diamonds. This hat jewel is known as 'The Feather'. The fresh complexion of the King's skin and the redness and fullness of his beard suggests this portrait was painted not long after he came to the throne in 1603, as subsequent portraits appear to suggest that the King aged relatively swiftly after his appointment.

Chiswick House



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


after 1603


oil on panel


H 57.4 x W 44.2 cm

Accession number

LI.2009.0124 (1) 1

Acquisition method

on long-term loan from the Schorr Collection

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