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

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)


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


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


  1. BHC 2796.


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