Portrait of William III by Sir Godfrey Kneller

William of Orange, technically William II of Scotland and III of England, is a figure of prime importance in late-seventeenth-century Scottish history.


Oil on canvas
127 x 102 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,750 ( Total: £25,000)
Acquired in:
Historical Portraits/ Philip Mould

Not only did his accession to the British throne in 1688 lead directly to the Jacobite risings, his reign saw many of the events which forced more and more Scots to conclude that the personal Union of the Crowns was unworkable without an accompanying union of the Parliaments.

Venue details

Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1 Queen Street, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH2 1JD 0131 624 6200 www.nationalgalleries.org

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