Robert The Bruce

George Jamesone


George Jameson, nicknamed as the Scottish Van Dyck, painted a highly detailed portrait of the King of Scots and Scotland's most renowned warriors of his generation.
Jameson's Robert the Bruce is powerful, vigilant, and appears to be very vibrant. The image captures the unwavering spirit that guided the Scots to success at Bannockburn despite overwhelming odds.

  • Artist

    George Jamesone

  • Date


  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Object number


  • Dimensions unframed

    68 × 68.5 cm

  • Dimensions framed

    82.5 × 72.5 × 5 cm

  • Marks

    Inscribed top right

  • Subject



George Jamesone, 1587-1644

Born in Aberdeen, the son of a stone mason, Jamesone has been called “the Scottish Van Dyck”. He was apprenticed to his uncle, John Anderson, a popular decorative painter in Edinburgh and became highly regarded as a portrait painter among the merchants and burghers of Aberdeen, but he attained national fame when he was commissioned to paint a decorative arch for the royal visit of Charles I to Scotland in 1633, and then to paint the King himself. From that point on, he was highly sought-after among the Scottish aristocracy, maintaining busy studios in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and is considered to be Scotland’s first eminent portrait painter.