Prof Whitestick by the portrait of King James I
National Portrait Gallery, London
The Garter star can just about be made out and the King is shown with the garter on his left leg. King James is shown with almost platform shoes to increase his height appearance. Marion described the portrait geometry with the colours of red and white dominating the king, and a blue frame of the inside lining of his Garter mantle.
I asked about the rapier and it is described as jewelled. Marion could not identify the clasp like object and I wondered if it could have been a dagger hilt. We had a discussion about some diamond described as black. A passing guide remarked that diamonds have no shining effect until the facets are cut, so this diamond may have been a precious stone left unset, though we wondered how a glittering diamond would have been portrayed.