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Portrait of King William III (1650-1702), 1650s 

 Anglo-Dutch School 

Portrait of King William III (1650-1702), 1650s,  Anglo-Dutch School
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Oil on canvas
17th Century
50 x 40 in (127 x 101.2 cm)
 
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William III's whole life was devoted to defending the Protestant Netherlands against the Catholic powers - he saw his later rule in England as a continuation of this war by other means - and so the Roman military allusions in this early portraits are no idle pictorial rhetoric.
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