Samuel Cooper, portrait of James II, when Duke of York

Samuel Cooper, portrait of James II, when Duke of York

Samuel Cooper (about 1608-72)
Portrait of James II, when Duke of York
1661
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to a table-book leaf
Signed lower left 'SC' in monogram and dated '[16] 61'
Museum no. P.45-1955
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Purchased with funds from the National Art Collections Fund

James (1633-1701) was the brother of Charles II. This miniature possibly celebrates Charles's return from exile or James's secret marriage to Anne Hyde, who was Catholic. Both events took place in 1660.