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King William III

(1650-1702), Reigned 1689-1702

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 142 portraits
Reigned 1689-1702. Born at the Hague, William III was the posthumous son of the Stadholder William II. His youth was passed under the shadow of Republican ascendancy, since his father's bid for personal power had provoked a strong reaction. He became a proficient student of languages, growing up frugal, temperate and reserved, though capable of deep devotion, as, for instance, to his faithful Bentinck. William married his cousin Mary, daughter of James II and Anne Hyde in 1677. In 1688 he accepted the invitation of seven leading Englishmen to land in Britain with an armed force to preserve Protestant liberties. After the flight of James II he was crowned king and ruled jointly with his wife. He showed great magnanimity to his enemies, and considerable skill in making the best of the English political situation, though he experienced much opposition to his rule.

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King William III, after Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen) - NPG 272

King William III

after Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen)
oil on canvas, based on a work of 1657
NPG 272

King William III, after Willem Wissing - NPG 580

King William III

after Willem Wissing
oil on canvas, feigned oval, based on a work of 1685
NPG 580

King William III, published by Theodorus Merlen, after  Unknown artist - NPG D16945

King William III

published by Theodorus Merlen, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1660s?
NPG D16945

King William III, by Lerch, after  Adriaen Hanneman - NPG D16947

King William III

by Lerch, after Adriaen Hanneman
line engraving, 1660s
NPG D16947

King William III, after Unknown artist - NPG D21574

King William III

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1670s-1680s
NPG D21574

King William III, by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after  Jan Henrik Brandon - NPG D21514

King William III

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Jan Henrik Brandon
line engraving, late 17th-early 18th century
NPG D21514

Royals, sold by John Clark - NPG D29269


sold by John Clark
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D29269

King William III, by Gerard Valck, published by  Nicolaes Visscher II, after  Unknown artist - NPG D32760

King William III

by Gerard Valck, published by Nicolaes Visscher II, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1670s-1680s
NPG D32760

King William III, by Michael Burghers - NPG D32772

King William III

by Michael Burghers
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D32772

King William III, by Frederick Hendrik van Hove - NPG D31052

King William III

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D31052

King William III, by Jacob Gole, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D31053

King William III

by Jacob Gole, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D31053


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