Guillaume Henri Pr. la G. de D. Prince d Orange etc.
Engraving, 340 x 260mm. 13½ x 10¼". Faint horizontal crease.
King William III (1650 - 1702) as Prince of Orange, before he ascended the British throne in 1689. The posthumous son of the Stadholder William II of Holland and Mary, daughter of Charles I, William married his cousin Mary, daughter of James II and Anne Hyde in 1677. In 1688 he accepted an invitation by a group of leading statesmen to land in Britain with an armed force; after the flight of James II he was crowned king, jointly with his wife, in 1689. William's life-long devotion to the fight against French expansionism benefited from additional resources after he became King. Although he lacked warmth and physical presence he showed considerable political, diplomatic and military ability. Engraving by Gerard Valck (1651/1652 - 1726), first published by Nicolaas Visscher I c.1675. Later states show William as King of England; the plate was later transformed into George I.
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