Object Title

Painting - William III as Prince of Orange

Painting - William III as Prince of Orange



Object Number



Purchased, Christies, 16 October 1953, Sale of the Cowper collection, Panshanger, Lot 153. Sold by the Executors of Lady Desborough

Physical Description

Oil on canvas. Portrait of William III as Prince of Orange, wearing armour no. II.90, that of Charles I and Charles II. He is holding a baton in his right hand and resting his left on a helmet. Dog in foreground. Attributed to W. Wissing in the Sale Catalogue.





Dimensions: 49 in x 39.5 in.


Places Netherlands

Bibliographic References

M.L. Boyle, Portraits at Panshanger, 1885, p. 162.

European Armour in the Tower of London (London, 1968), plate LIII


William III is shown in this portrait wearing the armour of Prince Charles, later Charles II, which is in the collections of the Royal Armouries as II.90. Prince Charles was painted by William Dobson wearing this armour in 1644.

This portrait was attributed to William Wissing in the 1953 Christie's sale catalogue, and the portrait does resemble a known portrait by Wissing of about 1685 in the Royal Collection. Many versions exist including one at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with the reference SK-A-879.

I.40 bears a closer resemblance to a portrait by Sir Richard Lely, thought to have been painted in 1677 on the occasion of his marriage to Princess Mary, of which the 'prime' version is said to be that at Syon Park in the collection of the Duke of Northumberland. Again many versions exist, including one in the National Portrait Gallery, No.1902 .

All the variants seen in the Witt Library show a plain armour rather than anything resembling II.90.