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King William III

(1650-1702), Reigned 1689-1702

Sitter associated with 139 portraits
Reigned 1689-1702. Born at the Hague, William III was the posthumous son of the Stadholder William II. His youth was passed under the shadow of Republican ascendancy, since his father's bid for personal power had provoked a strong reaction. He became a proficient student of languages, growing up frugal, temperate and reserved, though capable of deep devotion, as, for instance, to his faithful Bentinck. William married his cousin Mary, daughter of James II and Anne Hyde in 1677. In 1688 he accepted the invitation of seven leading Englishmen to land in Britain with an armed force to preserve Protestant liberties. After the flight of James II he was crowned king and ruled jointly with his wife. He showed great magnanimity to his enemies, and considerable skill in making the best of the English political situation, though he experienced much opposition to his rule.

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King William III, after Cornelius Johnson - NPG 272

King William III

after Cornelius Johnson
oil on canvas, (1657)
NPG 272

King William III, by Jan de Baen - NPG 6269

King William III

by Jan de Baen
oil on canvas, circa 1668
NPG 6269

King William III, possibly after William Wissing - NPG 580

King William III

possibly after William Wissing
oil on canvas, feigned oval
NPG 580

King William III, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 1902

King William III

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (1677)
On display in Room 8 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1902

King William III, by Unknown artist - NPG 4153

King William III

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1690
NPG 4153

King William III, by Unknown artist - NPG 1026

King William III

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1690
On display in the Smoking Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 1026

King William III, by Charles Boit - NPG 1737

King William III

by Charles Boit
enamel on copper, 1690s
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1737

King William III, attributed to Thomas Murray - NPG 5496

King William III

attributed to Thomas Murray
oil on canvas
NPG 5496

King William III, after Unknown artist - NPG D20087

King William III

after Unknown artist
engraving, 1650s
NPG D20087

King William III, published by Theodorus Merlen, after  Unknown artist - NPG D16945

King William III

published by Theodorus Merlen, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1660s?
NPG D16945

King William III, by Lerch, after  Adriaen Hanneman - NPG D16947

King William III

by Lerch, after Adriaen Hanneman
line engraving, 1660s
NPG D16947

King William III and two unknown men, after Unknown artist - NPG D16946

King William III and two unknown men

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1660s?
NPG D16946

King William III, after Unknown artist - NPG D21574

King William III

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1670s-1680s
NPG D21574

Royals, sold by John Clark - NPG D29269

Royals

sold by John Clark
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D29269

King William III, by Gerard Valck, published by  Nicolaes Visscher II, after  Unknown artist - NPG D32760

King William III

by Gerard Valck, published by Nicolaes Visscher II, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1670s-1680s
NPG D32760

King William III, by Michael Burghers - NPG D32772

King William III

by Michael Burghers
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D32772

King William III, by Frederick Hendrik van Hove - NPG D31052

King William III

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D31052

King William III, by Jacob Gole, after  William Wissing - NPG D31053

King William III

by Jacob Gole, after William Wissing
mezzotint, late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D31053

King William III, published by Nicolaes Visscher II, after  Unknown artist - NPG D31054

King William III

published by Nicolaes Visscher II, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D31054

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