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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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D29332

King William III

published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D29332

D9218

King William III

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678
NPG D9218

D7748

King William III when Prince of Orange

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678
NPG D7748

D11412

King William III

published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1680-84 (circa 1677)
NPG D11412

D9217

King William III

by Isaac Beckett
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D9217

D32766

King William III

by John Smith, published by Edward Cooper, after William Wissing, and after Jan van der Vaart
mezzotint, 1688
NPG D32766

D8428

King William III

by John Smith, after William Wissing
mezzotint, 1688
NPG D8428

D11530

King William III

by John Smith, after William Wissing, after Jan van der Vaart
mezzotint, 1688
NPG D11530

D11776

King William III

published by John Smith
mezzotint, 1688
NPG D11776

D21550

King William III

by Gerard de Lairesse
etching, circa 1689-1702
NPG D21550

D22616

King William III ('The Departure of His Royal Highness for England')

by Bastiaen Stopendael (Stoopendael), or by Daniel Stopendael (Stoopendael)
etching, circa 1689
NPG D22616

D22617

King William III ('The Landing of His Royal Highness in England')

by Bastiaen Stopendael (Stoopendael), or by Daniel Stopendael (Stoopendael)
etching, circa 1689
NPG D22617

D32270

King William III; Queen Mary II

by Romeyn de Hooghe, published by Carel Allard
etching with additional letterpress text, 1689 or after
NPG D32270

D32762

King William III

by Jan Verkolje, published by Carel Allard
mezzotint, circa 1689-1693
NPG D32762

D32763

King William III

published by Nicolaes Visscher II, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1689-1702
NPG D32763

D32764

King William III

by William Faithorne Jr, published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1689-1702
NPG D32764

D32765

King William III

by Bernard Lens (II), published by Edward Cooper, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1689-1702
NPG D32765

D32767

King William III

by and published by Robert White
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D32767

D32770

King William III

by Robert White
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D32770

D9220

King William III

by Gerard Valck, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1689 or after
NPG D9220

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