James II 'Under Review' in Downing Street

December 24 2021

Image of James II 'Under Review' in Downing Street

Picture: Government Art Collection

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's a story I missed last week. It has emerged that John Michael Wright's portrait of King James II in the Government Art Collection (GAC) is currently 'under review' for a project exploring colonialism and 'hidden narratives.' In particular, it has been suggested that James's portrait is being 'interrogated' by the GAC's project due to the King's involvement with the Royal African Company. The painting is currently situated in the Drawing Room of No.11 Downing Street, London, the official residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. There has been no suggestion that the painting will be removed from display.

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