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King William III when Prince of Orange
by Gerard Valck, after Sir Peter Lely Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, probably late 17th century
13 7/8 in. x 10 in. (352 mm x 254 mm) plate size; 14 in. x 10 1/4 in. (356 mm x 260 mm) paper size
- King William III (1650-1702), Reigned 1689-1702. Sitter associated with 139 portraits.
- Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 841 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
- Gerard Valck (1651 or 1652-1726). Artist associated with 32 portraits.
Charles II mistress, Barbara Villiers, is created Duchess of Cleveland and granted Nonsuch Palace including its sizeable grounds. Actress and royal mistress, Nell Gwyn, gives birth to Charles II's son, Charles, who would later become, Duke of St. Albans.
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