James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, about 1516 - 1581. Regent of Scotland (About 1580)
About this artwork
James, 4th Earl of Morton, was involved in the most dramatic events of the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. He was among those who burst into the Queen's chamber and murdered her secretary, David Rizzio. Morton was also implicated in the murder of her second husband, Lord Darnley. He ruled Scotland from 1572 to 1578 during the minority of James VI, working hard to maintain friendship with England and dealing ruthlessly with Mary's supporters. The castle in the background of this portrait may be a fanciful representation of Aberdour or Tantallon.
- title: James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, about 1516 - 1581. Regent of Scotland
- accession number: PG 1857
- artist: Arnold BronckorstNetherlandish (active 1565/6 - 1583)
- depicted: James Douglas
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Painting
- subject: Castles Mary Queen of Scots Aristocracy
- materials: Oil on panel
- date created: About 1580
- measurements: 106.30 x 82.10 cm (framed: 128.00 x 104.00 x 4.00 cm)
- credit line: Purchased 1959
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
Arnold Bronckorst is believed to have started his career in England in association with the miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard. It seems that Hilliard sent Bronckorst to Scotland around 1578 to procure gold for their work. Bronckorst was not allowed to export the gold and was instead employed by James VI's uncle, the Earl of Morton, to paint portraits of the boy-king and his courtiers. In 1581 he was appointed painter to the king and given a yearly pension of £100. By 1583 Bronckorst was back in London, where he was described as a 'Dutch painter', but no works by him are known from this period.