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Purchased, Christies, 16 October 1953, Sale of the Cowper collection, Panshanger, Lot 153.

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.


Attributed to W. Wissing in the Sale Catalogue and the portrait and pose do resemble a known portrait by Wissing in the Royal Collection, of about 1685. Many versions exist, including one in the Rijksmuseum, No. ????. I.40 however bears a closer resemblance to a portrait by 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. Again many versions exist, including one in the National Portrait Gallery, No.1902 . All the variants seen in the Witt Library however show a plain armour, rather than anything resembling II.90.