Sir James Palmer (1584-1658)
Portrait of James I
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to a playing card with six hearts visible
Signed '[J]P'lower left and dated upper left '623'
Museum no. P.12-1958
Purchased with funds from the R.H. Stephenson Bequest
Sir James Palmer was not a professional artist but a gentleman at James I's court. Amateurs became interested in miniature painting after the publication in 1612 of Henry Peacham's book Graphice (later The Gentleman's Exercise). It offered advice on suitable gentlemanly pastimes, including information about drawing and miniature painting.