William II of Orange-Nassau

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William II of Orange-Nassau, after Sir Anthony van Dyck, early 18th century? (1641) - NPG 964 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William II of Orange-Nassau

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, early 18th century? (1641)
27 1/4 in. x 21 in. (692 mm x 533 mm)
Given by Viscount Cobham, 1894
Primary Collection
NPG 964

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  • Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 1004 portraits, Sitter associated with 31 portraits.

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William of Nassau, the Prince of Orange, was the son of Frederick Henry, the Stadtholder of the United Provinces. Married at the age of fifteen to Mary, the eldest daughter of Charles I, the prince led a restless and dissolute life until his accession to the stadholderate in 1647 gave him an outlet for his great abilities, masterful will and keen ambition. His plans for an aggressive policy against Spain were ended by his early death from smallpox. A few days after he died, his wife gave birth to the son who would become William III of England. This portrait is thought to have been based on a double portrait of William and his wife painted at the time of their marriage.

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