Anne of Denmark, 1574–1619

This portrait of Anne of Demark is of a type which can be associated with the Serjeant Painter John de Critz. Portraits of Anne of this type were conceived to hang as pendants to ones of her husband James I, such as BHC2796 (although these two portraits are not a pair). Anne is shown with her hair piled high, almost to a point, a style she kept until about 1609. An identical portrait at Blickling Hall, Norfolk (National Trust), has had the hair and ruff repainted to update in the newer style.

Like her brother, Christian IV of Denmark, Anne was enthusiastic about architecture and the arts. Inigo Jones was appointed ‘Surveyor of the Kings Works’ in 1615 and she commissioned him to build the Queen’s House for her in 1616.

Object Details

ID: BHC4251
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Display - QH
Creator: de Critz, John
Date made: circa 1605
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Purchased with the Assistance of the Friends of the National Maritime Museum.
Measurements: Painting: 1135 mm x 865 mm; Frame: 1320 mm x 1057 mm x 75 mm

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