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Queen Mary II

3 of 92 portraits of Queen Mary II

Queen Mary II, attributed to Jan van der Vaart, circa 1692-1694 - NPG 197 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Queen Mary II

attributed to Jan van der Vaart
oil on canvas, circa 1692-1694
49 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1245 mm x 1003 mm)
Purchased, 1865
Primary Collection
NPG 197


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

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The eldest daughter of James, Duke of York, Mary was educated under the direction of Bishop Compton, and remained a devoted member of the Church of England. Although something of a Puritan, in her youth she was complimented by John Dryden for her performance in a masque. After her marriage to William III of Orange in 1677 she learnt Dutch and strove with great success to win the hearts of her people. In this portrait she is seen in robes of state with a magnificently jewelled crown and sceptre on the ledge to her right. Honeysuckle springs from behind the pillar, there are pink roses on the left and in the distance is a building with a cupola under a cloudy sky.

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  • NPG 606: Queen Mary II (based on same portrait)

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