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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, by and published by Bernard Baron, and published by  Thomas Bowles Jr, and published by  John Bowles, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D32768

King William III

by and published by Bernard Baron, and published by Thomas Bowles Jr, and published by John Bowles, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1746
NPG D32768

King William III, by Michael Ford, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D9222

King William III

by Michael Ford, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1748
NPG D9222

King William III, by Pierre or Peter Tanje, after  William Wissing - NPG D18841

King William III

by Pierre or Peter Tanje, after William Wissing
line engraving, 1749
NPG D18841

The Revolution, 1688 (King William III; Queen Mary II), by James Parker, published by  John Harris, after  James Northcote - NPG D32811

The Revolution, 1688 (King William III; Queen Mary II)

by James Parker, published by John Harris, after James Northcote
line engraving, published 1790
NPG D32811

Lady Mary presented to the Prince of Orange (King Charles II; King William III; Queen Mary II), by James Parker, published by  Robert Bowyer, after  Thomas Stothard - NPG D32295

Lady Mary presented to the Prince of Orange (King Charles II; King William III; Queen Mary II)

by James Parker, published by Robert Bowyer, after Thomas Stothard
line engraving, published 1799
NPG D32295

The Landing of William 3d. at Torbay (King William III), by George Noble, after  Thomas Stothard - NPG D10664

The Landing of William 3d. at Torbay (King William III)

by George Noble, after Thomas Stothard
stipple engraving, published 1804
NPG D10664

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King William III

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Jan Henrik Brandon
line engraving, late 17th-early 18th century
On display in the State Dressing Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG D21514

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King William III

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Gerard de Lairesse
mezzotint, circa 1670-1690
NPG D19450

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King William III

possibly by Nicolaes Visscher II
line engraving, circa 1675-1700
NPG D18798

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King William III

published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1680-1684 (circa 1677)
NPG D20387

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King William III

by John Smith, published by Edward Cooper, after William Wissing, and after Jan van der Vaart
mezzotint, 1688
NPG D18700

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King William III

published by John Smith
mezzotint, 1688
NPG D19875

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King William III

by Romeyn de Hooghe
etching, circa 1690
On display in Room 8 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D1342

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King William III

by Bernard Picart (Picard), after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, 1724
NPG D18988

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King William III

by Francis Kyte, published by Thomas Bakewell, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, published circa 1729-1749
NPG D18916

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King William III

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1744
NPG D19352

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King William III

by Unknown engraver
mezzotint
NPG D19331

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