Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619)
Portrait of James I
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to a playing card
Inscribed within the border in Latin, 'James, by the grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Scotland'
Museum no. P.3-1937
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
James was the son of Elizabeth's cousin and great rival, Mary, Queen of Scots. He inherited the English throne after Elizabeth's death in 1603.