Wilhem Henrick Prins van Oranje en van Nassov etc. Stad-Hovder Capiteyn Admirael Generael der Vereenighde Nederlanden. [William Henry Prince of Orange and Nassau etc. Stadtholder Captain Admiral General of the United Netherlands.]
Etching. 475 x 572mm. A good but uneven impression, with some underinked sections at the left, some folds and small tears repaired, backed.
A portrait of William III of Orange surrounded by his ancestors and predecessors as Stadtholder: from left to right, William I of Orange (William the Silent); his elder son, Maurits; Williamís father William II; and Frederik Hendrik, William IIIís grandfather and youngest son of William I. In the cartouche below a view of his entry into Amsterdam, 12 August, 1672. The print celebrates the reinstatement of the joint post of Stadtholder and Captain General after the Republican faction had abolished it in 1668. In 1672, faced with a French invasion, William took control of the Dutch army and was appointed Stadtholder of Holland and West-Friesland. Unrecorded early state, without the hat and with engraved letters at top 'Sijn Konincklijcke Hoocheijt, met sijn Doorluchtige Voorvaderen'. From the collection of James Watt Jr (1769-1848), son of the celebrated James Watt of steam engine fame. He was also an engineer and, after spending some years in Paris at the time of the Revolution, he became a partner in Boulton and Watt, Birmingham, in 1794. His home was Aston Hall, Birmingham, which he rented from 1819 until his death. (See Oliver Fairclough, The Grand Old Mansion. The Holtes and their successors at Aston Hall, 1618-1864, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, 1984). He also designed and built the south half of Doldowlod Hall, Radnorshire, which has remained the home of his heirs and descendants, the Gibson-Watt family.
Not in Muller; Landwehr p. 257, (Muller number given by Landwehr is incorrect); Cillessen B.V. 6.
[Ref: 1620] £2,200.00