CollectionABDUA University of Aberdeen, Human Culture Collection
Object NamePainting (James IV)
Object NumberABDUA:30262
Other Numberx
Other Number TypeOld number
Brief DescriptionWood panel (constructed from 3 vertical sections of timber), with 1/2 near full portrait of King James IV, looking left. Wearing gold embroidered bonnet with 3/4 upturned brim, sable coloured cloak over red and black tunic with gold embroidery. Holds scroll in right hand, and a thistle in his left. He has a moustached and long brown hair. Left join remains adhered and right join was opened; several splits in top left corner along grain of wood and a further prominent 24cm split in the central section at bottom.
Content DescriptionKing James IV
DimensionsH: 930 mm W: 780 mm Th: 35 mm | H: 760 mm W: 612 mm
MaterialsOil on canvas
Object Production Date1640-1800
Place KeyEurope, Scotland, North-East, Aberdeen
Inscription ContentTop right: IACOBVS 4 DG REX SCOTORVM
Publication NoteThe Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF), 'Oil Paintings in Public Ownership - Aberdeen', 2013. LEMUR Database. Arnott (1897) Description,No89b; AU Calendar (1887) No 15; Probably a copy of one of the Jacob de Witt (or de Wet) (1640-97) paintings in Holyrood House painted in the 1680s, The de Witt paintings were based on paintings by George Jameson in Newbattle pa
Caption"Probably a copy from a series of portraits of Scottish monarchs painted Jacob de Witt or de Wet (1640-97) for Holyrood House. De Witt's paintings were themselves based on a series of paintings by George Jamesone. This is one of a large number of images of the Stuart dynasty in general in the university collection. These images attest to Stuart Royal patronage of King's College and later to the prolonged Jacobite sympathies of both King's and Marischal Colleges. James IV was King's College's original patron and established the institution in 1495."

Author: Morrison,John Date: 2002 Purpose: HA3541
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