King William III
7 of 142 portraits of King William III
- Extended catalogue entry
Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
King William III
by Charles Boit
1 3/8 in. x 1 in. (35 mm x 25 mm) oval
This portraitback to top
Comparable Boit enamels of William III include those in the Royal Collection  and at Welbeck.  Attributed examples are in the Rijksmuseum (A4300), at Frederiksborg (A5867, A5560) and sold Christie’s, 25 July 1967, lot 90.
Boit was made the King’s Court Enamellist from 1696, a new Household appointment and one he retained under Queen Anne. He had been in Lincoln and Coventry 1693-94, and his miniatures of William III are likely to date between 1696 and 1699, when he left to travel in Europe until 1703. 
Footnotesback to top
1) G. Reynolds, The sixteenth and seventeenth-century Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, 1999, no.405.
2) R. W. Goulding, ‘The Welbeck Abbey Miniatures’, Wal. Soc., IV, 1916, no.96; the attribution doubted by W. Nisser, Michael Dahl, 1927, cat. p 118, no.35.
3) For Boit’s travels, see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and W. Nisser, Michael Dahl, 1927, p 144.
Referenceback to top
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 379.
Provenanceback to top
Frank T. Sabin, from whom purchased 1914.
Exhibitionsback to top
Princes and Palaces, Twickenham, 1973–74.
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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