About this artwork

James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton, was a noblemen who followed James VI to London when he became James I of England and settled there, leaving his wife in Scotland to run his estates. A collector of Italian paintings and an elegant dancer much in demand at Court masques, Hamilton was a close friend and adviser of the King, who made him Lord Steward of the Royal Household. This picture is one of several copies of the original painted by Daniel Mytens.

  • title: James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton, 1589 - 1625. Statesman
  • accession number: PG 1056
  • artist: UnknownDutch
  • after: Daniel Mytens (about 1590 - about 1647)
  • depicted: james hamilton
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Politics and government
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1622
  • measurements: 206.40 x 129.50 cm (framed: 355.60 x 238.76 cm x ?)
  • credit line: Bequeathed by Mrs Nisbet Hamilton Ogilvy of Biel 1921
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Daniel Mytens

Daniel Mytens

Daniel Mytens, who came from a family of painters, was born in Delft and trained in The Hague. He was in London by 1618 when he was working for the Earl and Countess of Arundel. He first painted King James VI and I in 1621 and was appointed 'picture-drawer' to Charles I on his accession to the throne in 1625. Until the arrival of Van Dyck at the court in 1632 he was the favoured portrait painter of the royal family and leading aristocrats. Superceded by Van Dyck, he retired to The Hague where he continued to work for his old patron, the Earl of Arundel, helping him acquire works of art.