Coat of Arms of William III Prince of Orange
carved wood, gilt, paint, metal reliefc.1694 - 1702
About the work
Place: Department for International Trade, Old Admiralty Building
This 17th century carved, painted and gilt wood shows the coat of arms of King William III (1689-1702). A rampant lion and a unicorn are supporting the central cartouche with the Duke of Nassau’s escutcheon (a shield or emblem bearing a coat of arms) which is surrounded by the mottos in French: 'HONI.SOIT.QUI.MAL.Y.PENSE' (‘Shame on him who thinks evil of it’), and 'DIEU.EST.MON.DROIT' (God and my right).
William III was born in The Hague in the Netherlands in 1650. He was the son of William II and Mary, the eldest daughter of Charles I of England. Together with his wife Mary II, William became monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1689 during a time known as ‘The Glorious Revolution’. William introduced Protestantism in Britain by winning the Battle of the Boyne against the catholic James II on 1 July 1690. He also commissioned Christopher Wren to rebuild Hampton Court. He died in 1702 without an heir.
About the artist
17th - 18th century unknown
- Coat of Arms of William III Prince of Orange
- c.1694 - 1702
- carved wood, gilt, paint, metal relief
- Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, October 2020
- GAC number