King William III
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King William III
by Thomas Murray
oil on canvas, circa 1691
95 7/8 in. x 59 3/4 in. (2435 mm x 1518 mm)
Transferred from National Portrait Gallery Reference Collection, 1982
Sitterback to top
- King William III (1650-1702), Reigned 1689-1702. Sitter associated with 142 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Thomas Murray (1663-1735), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 86 portraits, Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 326
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 663
- Williamson, David, Kings and Queens, 2010, p. 122
- Williamson, David, The National Portrait Gallery: History of the Kings and Queens of England, 1998, p. 124
Events of 1691back to top
Current affairsJohn Tillotson reluctantly accepts the appointment of Archbishop of Canterbury. A prominent preacher, Tillotson hoped his aims to unite the country's Protestants and initiate a moral reformation would be fulfilled by the dual monarchy.
Art and scienceDramatic opera, King Arthur, by poet John Dryden, is staged for the first time. Written originally in 1684, the play is revived as an opera with music by Henry Purcell.
InternationalTreaty of Limerick ends fighting between Irish Jacobites and Williamites; its military articles gave Jacobites the choice to leave Ireland or accept William as king; the civil articles, more controversially, ensured protection of Jacobite Irish gentry. As a lord justice of Ireland, Thomas Coningsby, is instrumental in finalising the settlement.
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