Queen Mary II

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Queen Mary II, by Jan Verkolje, 1685 - NPG 606 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Mary II

by Jan Verkolje
oil on canvas, 1685
15 5/8 in. x 12 3/4 in. (397 mm x 324 mm)
Purchased, 1880
Primary Collection
NPG 606

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Sitterback to top

  • Queen Mary II (1662-1694), Reigned with William III 1689-94. Sitter associated with 92 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Jan Verkolje (1650-1693), Painter, draughtsman and mezzotint printmaker. Artist associated with 13 portraits.

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The elder daughter of James II by Anne Hyde, Mary married William of Orange in 1677. In the heartbreaking dilemma presented by the revolution of 1688, Mary chose to support her husband and Protestantism rather than her Catholic father. She is said to have come to Whitehall 'laughing and jolly' and she proved a wise and tactful queen. In this elegant portrait, an exquisite small-scale version of a portrait painted in Holland in 1685, she is shown in robes of state with the crown and sceptre by her side. She is holds white flowers in her left hand and there is a view of classicizing architecture, including a running fountain, in the distance.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 197: Queen Mary II (based on same portrait)

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