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Auction: Auction 21.03.2018
was auctioned on: 21 March 2018
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Estimate: n. a.
Price realised:  £3,600
ca. US$5,092
Lot number 770, Views: 39

CIRCLE OF WILLEM WISSING (1656-1687) Portrait of William III, standing three-quarter length, wearing a white lace cravat and armour, and gilt sword belt, his hand resting on a helmet oil on canvas 50 x 40 in (127.1 x 101.6cm) Within an eighteenth century painted and ebonised carved wood frame Provenance: Christie's King Street. London 3rd February 1961, lot 108 (as Wissing. Portrait of a man in armour) The Estate of the late Gerald Taylor Esq. The source for this painting are various military portraits of William, Prince of Orange by Sir Peter Lely and studio. William III, was keen to portray himself as a military leader. He was depicted as such by a number of artists of the time including Godfrey Kneller Jan de Baen and Caspar Netscher The pose in the portrait at Brightwells is based on a prototype by Sir Peter Lely and studio c.1677. The original prototype is presumed to have been painted during William III's visit to England in Oct/Nov 1677. The prime version is at Syon House, Middlesex (Collection of the Duke of Northumberland) and a copy is at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Other versions and variants are known, as well as various engravings based on the portrait. David Piper (Catalogue of seventeenth century portraits in the National Gallery, University Press, Cambridge, 1963) noted that 'a very considerable number of repetitions of this pattern exist both in England and Holland', the pattern itself is certainly Lely's, but must also have been used by copyists after his death, by Sonnius for example or possibly by Wissing' Willem Wissing as a studio assistant in Lely's studio in the 1670's may have contributed in part to some of those versions. Later, after Lely's death, Willem Wissing himself travelled to the Netherlands in 1685, to undertook a specific commission portraying William III dressed in armour. The original of that work is in the Mauritshuis, The Hague, and other versions are known.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Brightwells Antiques & Fine Art
Title: Auction 21.03.2018
Date of the auction: 21 Mar 2018 - 22 Mar 2018
Address: Brightwells Antiques & Fine Art
Easters Court
Head Office
HR6 0DE Leominster Herefordshire
United Kingdom
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