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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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D9221

King William III

by Gerard Valck, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1689 or after
NPG D9221

D31056

King William III

by John Smith, published by Edward Cooper, after William Wissing
mezzotint, 1689
NPG D31056

D31063

King William III

by Gerard de Lairesse
etching, circa 1689-1702
NPG D31063

D9250

The Royal Family

by Bernard Lens (II)
mezzotint, 1689-1702
NPG D9250

D31079

King William III and Queen Mary II

by Bernard Lens (II), published by Edward Cooper
mezzotint, 1689-1702
NPG D31079

D10674

King William III; Queen Mary II

by Robert White, printed for Joseph Watts
line engraving, 1689 or after
NPG D10674

D7753

King William III

by Johann Georg Seiller
mezzotint, 1689 or after
NPG D7753

D11957

King William III

by John Smith, published by Edward Cooper, after William Wissing
mezzotint, 1689
NPG D11957

D17029

King William III

after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D17029

D17030

King William III

after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D17030

D17031

King William III

after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D17031

D17048

King William III

by Robert White
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D17048

D17033

King William III

by Ludwig Christoph Glotsch, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D17033

D17034

King William III

after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D17034

D17035

King William III

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D17035

D17036

King William III

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D17036

D17037

King William III

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D17037

D17038

King William III

after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D17038

D17039

King William III

after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D17039

D17040

King William III

after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1689-1702
NPG D17040

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