Sketch: James I uniting the Kingdoms of England and Scotland by Peter Paul Rubens

This work is a sketch for the ceiling of the Whitehall Banqueting House.


Oil on panel
64 x 48 cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,000 ( Total: £650,700; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
H R H Davies

Beside James I stands a warrior and behind him a winged figure. Such studies preceded the modelli in which the whole composition is laid out and show the development of the artist's ideas. On the final panel the relationship between the warrior and the King is different and Rubens may have been more concerned at this stage with developing the idea of the two figures rather than their relationship to each other. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham West Midlands B3 3DH 0121 348 8000

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