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A fine portrait of William of Nassau, Prince of Orange (1625-50)

£ 3,500

Enamel, inscribed on the reverse Prince of Orange./ Painted by Henry Pierce Bone/ after Frank Hals, May 1853

Although the prototype for this portrait has not been found, Bone would most certainly have had access to works in the Royal Collection and this portrait is reminiscent of the full length portrait by Honrthorst of William as a child, purchased by Charles I and still in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen. Bone, the son of Henry Bone, was appointed painter to Adeliade of Saxe-Meiningen and to Queen Victoria and Albert.

William was sovereign Prince of Orange and stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands from 14 March 1647 until his death three years later. His only child, William III, reigned as King of England, Ireland, and Scotland.

William II, Prince of Orange, was the son of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, and Amalia of Solms-Braunfels. Frederick Henry was the youngest son of William the Silent (stadtholder 1559-1584); his older half brother Maurits of Nassau was stadtholder (1585-1625); he was stadtholder from 1625 to 1647. The stadtholders governed in conjunction with the States-General, an assembly of representatives from each of the seven provinces, but usually dominated by the largest and wealthiest province, Holland.

On 2 May 1641, William married Mary, Princess Royal, who was the eldest daughter of King Charles I of England, in the Chapel Royal of Whitehall Palace in London. William was fifteen, while Mary was just nine at that time.

In 1647, his father Frederick Henry died, and William II succeeded to both his hereditary titles and his elective offices as stadtholder of five of the seven provinces: Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders and Overijssel.
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Year                 1853.
Medium                 Enamel on copper,
Signed                 inscribed on the reverse
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