King William III
1 of 140 portraits of King William III
King William III
after Cornelius Johnson
oil on canvas, based on a work of 1657
29 1/2 in. x 22 in. (750 mm x 560 mm) overall
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Sitterback to top
- King William III (1650-1702), Reigned 1689-1702. Sitter associated with 140 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Cornelius Johnson (1593-1661), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 145 portraits, Sitter associated with 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
William's political position in the Republican Netherlands was insecure, and various portraits of him were commissioned to maintain support for his cause. In 1657, Johnson was commissioned to paint him, aged seven. There are various versions of this image, of differing sizes and quality. Probably the best is a three-quarter-length at Knole in Kent, which is signed and dated, in red paint, 'Cornelius Jonson / van Ceulen. / fecit. / 1657'. Others, like this example, must be by assistants in Johnson's Utrecht studio - among whom was his son Cornelius.
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Events of 1657back to top
Current affairsThe Humble Petition and Advice, a revision of the constitution, offers Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell the crown. Proposals to bestow monarchical powers upon Cromwell may have stemmed from the influence of Chief Justice Oliver St John. Cromwell declines the crown.
Art and scienceThe pamphlet, Killing Noe Murder, accuses Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell of tyranny and advocates for his assassination. Published in Holland by agitator and later conspirator, Edward Sexby with the assistance of royalist Silius Titus, uncertainty surrounds the authorship of the pamphlet.
Oliver Cromwell establishes the General Post Office.