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William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland

(1649-1709), Friend and agent of William III

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 5 portraits
An astute diplomat of noble Dutch birth, Bentinck was a friend of William of Orange with whom he fought alongside and nursed in illness. Before William's journey to England in 1688, he negotiated to preserve Holland from French attack during his absence. Having served the King faithfully in matters of foreign policy, he was lavishly rewarded with titles and privilege. His influence aroused much opposition and an unsuccessful attempt was made to impeach him in 1701.

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William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland, by Robert Williams, after  Simon du Bois - NPG D40371

William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland

by Robert Williams, after Simon du Bois
mezzotint, 1697 or after
NPG D40371

William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D19007

William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1700-1725)
NPG D19007

William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Simon du Bois - NPG D31112

William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Simon du Bois
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D31112

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