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James, Duke of York (1635 - 1701) as Lord High Admiral, c.1675 

Henri Gascars (1634/5–1701)

James, Duke of York (1635 - 1701) as Lord High Admiral, c.1675, Henri Gascars
Oil on canvas
17th Century
30 x 25 inches 76.2 x 63.5 cm
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This portrait by the French-painter Henri Gascars relates to a full-length of James, Duke of York as Lord High Admiral (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich), in which the Duke is anachronistically depicted in Roman military costume, possibly to commemorate his command of the Anglo-French fleet during the battles of the Third Dutch War of 1673.
Gascar was the protégé of Charles II ''s sister, Henrietta, Duchess of Orleans. He left Paris for England in March 1672 and he came under the patronage of the Duchess of Portsmouth. The patronage of the Duchess, together, with close links with the French Court and Louis XIV have given rise to the suggestion that Gascar was a French agent.
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