George Jamesone

George Jamesone, 1589 / 1590 - 1644. Portrait painter (Self-portrait) (About 1633)

About this artwork

The smaller of two self-portraits in the collections by George Jamesone, this work depicts the artist without the occupational tools of a palette and set of brushes. Jamesone has portrayed himself in a manner similar to portraits he painted of his patrons - the merchants and academics of his hometown of Aberdeen and the nobility of the north-east. The portrait was restored by the painter John Alexander, the artist's great-grandson.

  • title: George Jamesone, 1589 / 1590 - 1644. Portrait painter (Self-portrait)
  • accession number: PG 592
  • artist: George JamesoneScottish (1589 / 1590 - 1644)
  • depicted: George Jamesone
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Visual arts Self-portrait
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1633
  • measurements: 28.90 x 23.20 cm (framed: 50.00 x 45.00 x 9.00 cm)
  • credit line: Given by the Hon. Hew Dalrymple 1900
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

George Jamesone

George Jamesone

Born in Aberdeen, the portrait painter George Jamesone was the son of a master-mason. He was apprenticed to the decorative painter, John Anderson of Edinburgh, in 1612. His earliest patrons were the merchants and academics of Aberdeen, but he soon became the painter to the nobility of the north east. From 1633 he was working in Edinburgh and painted a series of imaginary portraits of historical monarchs as decorations for the triumphal entry of Charles I. Jamesone was Scotland's first great native painter and was highly celebrated in his lifetime.