Jacobean

Jacobean refers to the art and culture of the reign of James I (reigned 1603–25)

Paul Van Somer, ‘Lady Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent’ c.1619
Paul Van Somer
Lady Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent c.1619
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Isaac Oliver, ‘Charity’ c.1596–1617
Isaac Oliver
Charity c.1596–1617
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Daniel Mytens the Elder, ‘Portrait of James Hamilton, Earl of Arran, Later 3rd Marquis and 1st Duke of Hamilton, Aged 17’ 1623
Daniel Mytens the Elder
Portrait of James Hamilton, Earl of Arran, Later 3rd Marquis and 1st Duke of Hamilton, Aged 17 1623
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Although ‘Jacobean’ is particularly used to describe the theatre and furniture of the period it is also used in reference to the painting.

Great Elizabethan miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard was still working during the Jacobean period but was succeeded in royal favour by Isaac Oliver. Similarly Marcus Gheeraerts flourished in the early years of James I’s reign but was overtaken by the more sophisticated naturalism of Dutch-born Paul Van Somer and then Daniel Mytens (pronounced mittens) from about 1616.

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