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.

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 Superceded by Van Dyck, he retired to The Hague where he continued to work for his old patron, the Earl of Arundel, helping him acquire works of art.