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King William III

(1650-1702), Reigned 1689-1702

Sitter associated with 140 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, published by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29332

King William III

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

King William III, by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D9218

King William III

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

King William III when Prince of Orange, by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D7748

King William III when Prince of Orange

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

King William III, published by Alexander Browne, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D11412

King William III

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

King William III, by Isaac Beckett - NPG D9217

King William III

by Isaac Beckett
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D9217

King William III, by John Smith, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Willem Wissing, and after  Jan van der Vaart - NPG D32766

King William III

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

King William III, by John Smith, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D8428

King William III

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

King William III, by John Smith, after  Willem Wissing, after  Jan van der Vaart - NPG D11530

King William III

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

King William III, published by John Smith - NPG D11776

King William III

published by John Smith
mezzotint, 1688
NPG D11776

King William III, by Gerard de Lairesse - NPG D21550

King William III

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

King William III ('The Departure of His Royal Highness for England'), by Bastiaen Stopendael (Stoopendael), or by  Daniel Stopendael (Stoopendael) - NPG 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

King William III ('The Landing of His Royal Highness in England'), by Bastiaen Stopendael (Stoopendael), or by  Daniel Stopendael (Stoopendael) - NPG 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

King William III; Queen Mary II, by Romeyn de Hooghe, published by  Carel Allard - NPG 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

King William III, by Jan Verkolje, published by  Carel Allard - NPG D32762

King William III

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

King William III, published by Nicolaes Visscher II, after  Unknown artist - NPG D32763

King William III

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

King William III, by William Faithorne Jr, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D32764

King William III

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

King William III, by Bernard Lens (II), published by  Edward Cooper, after  Unknown artist - NPG D32765

King William III

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

King William III, by and published by Robert White - NPG D32767

King William III

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

King William III, by Robert White - NPG D32770

King William III

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

King William III, by Gerard Valck, after  Unknown artist - NPG D9220

King William III

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

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