James I

James I

Sir W. Hamo Thornycroft, R. A. (1850-1925)

Exhibited at the 1867 Royal Academy


Approximately 9 feet

Source: Illustrated London News, which comments, “Mr. Thornycroft has represented James I. as holding the sceptre in one hand, and in the other hand a copy of our authorised translation of the Bible, which was executed in his reign, and dedicated “to the most high and mighty Prince James,” by the grace of God King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c.” For the likeness the sculptor has, we believe, consulted the portraits” by Mytens and others. Painting certainly records the appearance of James more favourably than history. And greater licence must be accorded to the sculptor than even to the painter. Yet, as it is well known that James’s person was naturally feeble, particularly in the limbs, which were scarcely sufficiently strong to support his weight, we think that, after making every allowance, it may fairly be questioned whether the figure of this statue is not too robust, the mien too imposing.”

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