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Queen Mary II (1662-1694), when Princess of Orange

studio of Willem Wissing (Amsterdam 1656 - Burghley House 1687)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1685 (or after)

Materials

oil on canvas

Measurements

1270 x 1016 mm (50 x 40 in)

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Collection

Dyrham, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)

NT 453782

Caption

This is a version of the original portrait of Princess Mary by Willem Wissing in the Royal Collection, painted in the Netherlands in 1685. It was commissioned in the same year that Mary's father, James, Duke of York, ascended to the throne of England as James II, following the death of his brother, Charles II. Just four years later Mary and her husband, William of Orange, were jointly crowned King William III and Queen Mary, after the ‘Glorious Revolution’ had deposed her father. She is shown here in robes of state with a palace, perhaps Honselaarsdijk, in the background. A rose lies by her outstretched left hand (while a crown and sceptre are placed here in other versions of the portrait), and honeysuckle flanks her on either side.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Queen Mary II (1662-1694), when Princess of Orange, after, or studio of Willem Wissing (Amsterdam 1656 - Burghley House 1687), after an original of 1685. A three-quarter-length portrait, seated, facing the viewer, wearing a blue dress and red cloak lined with ermine. A pink rose lies near the sitter's left hand, and honeysuckle can be seen behind her. In the background is the view of a palace.

Provenance

Indigenous collection purchased by Ministry of Works in 1956 and given to Dyrham Park in 1961

Credit line

Dyrham Park, The Blathwayt Collection (acquired by the Ministry of Works via the National Land Fund in 1956, and transferred to the National Trust)

Makers and roles

studio of Willem Wissing (Amsterdam 1656 - Burghley House 1687), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Willem Wissing (Amsterdam 1656 - Burghley House 1687), artist

References

Inventory and valuation of all the household furniture, linen, china, glass, books, pictures [...] the property of William Blathwayt Esqr. at his late residence Dyrham Park [...] March 1839. [March 1839]., in the Saloon [Great Hall] Dyrham Park 1844 List of Valuable Pictures, Prints, &c at Dyrham House, Gloucestershire the Property of Geo: Wm. Blathwayt Esq. with nominal prices affixed to some for the purposes of Insurance only. [1844], in the Saloon [Great Hall], no.17 Inventory [of] Household Furniture, China, Glass, Oil Paintings, Engravings, Books, Silver Plate [...] In the Mansion House at Dyrham Park Gloucestershire bequeathed as Heirlooms by the late Colonel George William Blathwayt who died May the 14th 1871, in the Saloon [Great Hall] Dyrham Park 1937 An Inventory and Valuation of the contents of Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire, the property of the late R. W. Blathwayt, Esq., made for the purpose of Probate duty by, Puttick & Simpson [...] January 1st 1937, in the Saloon [Great Hall] Ingamells, 2009: John Ingamells, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2009, pp. 174

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