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Carved coat of arms of James II (1633-1701) as Duke of York


Object connections:

Collection Heraldry
ExhibitionsRoyal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames
User collections A Maritime View of Charles II's England by RichardJohns
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleHistorical Association: King James II and VII
EventsSecond Anglo-Dutch War: Battle of Lowestoft, 1665

Object details:

Object ID ZBA3082
Description Carved coat of arms of James II (1633-1701) as Duke of York, in the style of Grinling Gibbons. The royal arms with the label for the second son surrounded by a garter badge, a royal crown above; the whole placed on an admiralty anchor, the cable entwined with oak branches on either side. Below, the collar of the order of the garter and the obverse and reverse of the medal by John Roettier, struck to commemorate the Battle of Lowestoft, 3 June 1665. The medals are inscribed 'IAC DUX EBOR ET ALB FRATER AUG CAR. II REGIS' and 'GENVS ANTIQVVM'. The arms were probably carved between 1665 and 1673 (when James was disbarred as Lord High Admiral by the Test Act) or in 1684. They may have come from the cabin of one of the royal yachts, possibly the 'Anne'. The remains of gilding can be seen on the lettering, anchor and crown. The carving is mounted, as acquired, on a fabric covered and framed backing.
Date made 1665-73

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Purchased with the assistance of the Society for Nautical Research Macpherson Fund
Materials limewood
Measurements Overall: 1055 mm x 740 mm x 150 mm
  • Carved coat of arms of James II (1633-1701) as Duke of York (ZBA3082)
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