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Follower of Sir Godfrey Kneller - A Late 17th Century English School Portrait of King William III (1650-1702)

  • Reference : 4262
  • Availability : Available Now
  • Dimensions : Size excluding frame 29 1/5" x width 24 1/2"
  • Price : £4950

Information

A wonderful late 17th Century English School oil on canvas portrait of William III, circa 1680.

Undertaken by an accomplished but unknown hand clearly influenced by Sir Godfrey Kneller.

Presented in period gilt gesso frame.

The sitter portrayed within a roundel with elongated wig, white stock, armour and blue sash.

There is an old Christies auction/sale label verso.

About the sitter:

William III (Dutch: Willem; 4 November 1650 – 8 March 1702), also widely known as William of Orange, was sovereign Prince of Orange from birth, Stadholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland and Overjissel in the Dutch Republic from 1672 and King of England, Ireland and Scotland from 1689 until his death in 1702. It is a coincidence that his regnal number (III) was the same for both Orange and England. As King of Scotland, he is known as William II. He is sometimes informally known in Northern Ireland and Scotland as "King Billy".

William inherited the principality of Orange from his father, William II, who died a week before William's birth. His mother Mary, Princess Royal, was the daughter of King Charles I of England. In 1677, he married his fifteen-year-old first cousin, Mary, the daughter of his maternal uncle James, Duke of York.

A Protestant, William participated in several wars against the powerful Catholic king of France, Louis XIV, in coalition with Protestant and Catholic powers in Europe. Many Protestants heralded him as a champion of their faith. In 1685, his Catholic father-in-law, James, Duke of York, became king of England, Ireland and Scotland. James's reign was unpopular with the Protestant majority in Britain. William, supported by a group of influential British political and religious leaders, invaded England in what became known as the "Glorious Revolution". On 5 November 1688, he landed at the southern English port Brixham. James was deposed and William and Mary became joint sovereigns in his place. They reigned together until her death on 28 December 1694, after which William ruled as sole monarch.

William's reputation as a staunch Protestant enabled him to take the British crowns when many were fearful of a revival of Catholicism under James. William's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 is still commemorated by the Orange Order. His reign in Britain marked the beginning of the transition from the personal rule of the Stuarts to the more Parliament-centred rule of the House of Hanover.

Condition - some minor surface marks to the base of the portrait (see image 2) with some surface crazing and craqueleur. There is an age-related minor loss to the top of the frame.

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