King of Scotland revealed

After more than 70 years being identified as the wrong sitter, our Head Curator of Paintings, David Taylor confirms the true identity of one of our renaissance paintings.

Since the National Trust took over Polesden Lacey in 1942, the sitter has been wrongly called ‘Leroy’. This was a misinterpretation of the inscription on the back of the painting ‘le roi, agé 25’. ‘Le roi’, (or ‘the king’ in French), is actually James V of Scotland, father of Mary, Queen of Scots.

James V, King of Scotland

James V, King of Scotland

This painting, by Claude Corneille de Lyon, appears in David Taylor’s top ten paintings from the National Trust’s collection on the BBC Your Paintings website. You can check out the other paintings that made it to the top 10 list.

Why not visit Polesden Lacey and see the newly acclaimed king? We’re open daily from 11am, for full opening times please visit our website.


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