King William III
- Extended catalogue entry
Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
King William III
after Jan Henrik Brandon
based on a work of 1697
97 5/8 in. x 64 5/8 in. (2480 mm x 1640 mm) overall
This portraitback to top
Showing William III in state robes. A copy, with minor variations in the draperies and the carpet, of the portrait by Brandon painted in 1697 for the Trêveszaal in the Binnenhof, The Hague.  Another copy is at Het Loo,  and a version was sold Maak van Waay, Amsterdam, 10 May 1971, lot 26.  Piper noted the similarity of the pose with Kneller’s Charles II (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 3023). Brandon’s standing three-quarter-length of the King in armour, uses the same face mask.
Brandon also made a three-quarter-length copy of the Kneller coronation portrait for the municipality of ‘s Hertogenbosch.
Footnotesback to top
1) Illus. S. van Raaij & P. Spies, The Royal Progress of William and Mary, Amsterdam, 1988, p 4.
2) Letter from Wies Erkelens, Het Loo, 10 January 1990 (NPG archive); lent by the Nassau-Dietz family, Oranienstein.
3) Sceptre in right hand, left hand on hip, robes over his right knee, left leg behind right, with building upper right; no putto on chair.
Referenceback to top
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 379 as by an unknown artist.
Provenanceback to top
The Counts MacCarthy Reagle,1 Château de Franquières, Grenoble; Mme. Georges Forest-Colcombet (d. 1960), by whom presented 1960.
1 A French family of Irish descent, ennobled 1776.
Exhibitionsback to top
On loan to the Ministry of Works 1960–92; Oudenaarde, En Stad, een Koning, een Veldheer, Oudenaarde, 2008.
This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685–1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.
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