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King William III
by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
13 3/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (340 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 14 in. x 10 3/8 in. (355 mm x 265 mm) paper size
- King William III (1650-1702), Reigned 1689-1702. Sitter associated with 140 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1680 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D7745: King William III (from same plate)
Princess Anne, daughter of James II by Anne Hyde, and now heir apparent to the English throne, returns to court having retired two years previously over William III's dismissal of John Churchill and his wife, Sarah, Anne's closest companion.
Art and science
William Congreve's comical farce, Love for Love
, exemplifying the height of Restoration comedy, reopens Lincoln's Inn Theatre with a new actors' company led by actor Thomas Betterton. Its witty, sparking dialogue made it hugely popular with audiences.
William III and Maximilian II Emanuel of Bavaria, commanding the army of the grand alliance, recapture Namur in the Spanish Netherlands from the French. Despite a period of victories, the Netherlands and England begin to struggle financially under the economic strain of the ongoing Nine Years' War.