James II (1633-1701)

This full-length oil painting of James II in Garter robes is a modern copy (1984) from the one by Sir Peter Lely in the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. It is signed and dated as a Lely copy and was commissioned to make a pair with that of Charles II by Lely (BHC2609) in the Octagon Room at the Royal Observatory, as shown in the engraving of that by Francis Place (see XXX0215). Both pictures have generally been on display there since, positioned as shown by Place. Mavis Johns (1914-2000), was a painter noted as doing portraits in 'old-master' style and as having been trained in Florence under Pietro Annigoni. How much original portraiture she did is not yet known but the Black Watch Castle and Museum at Perth has another copy by her, made in about 1989-90, of James Tissot's 'Portsmouth Harbour' (c. 1877). This shows a sergeant of that regiment with two ladies in a boat, against a background of ships in the harbour.

Object Details

ID: BHC4172
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Johns, Mavis
Date made: 1984
People: King James II and VII
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Painting: 1981 mm x 1320 mm

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