King William III (1650-1702) on Horseback
About the work
Place: Historic Royal Palaces (long-term loans), Kensington Palace
Interpretation about this artwork is under review
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Although this portrait is apparently not by Jan Wyck (in particular the head and tail of the horse are not reminiscent of Wyck's work), it appears to relate to a painting sold through Sotheby's, London, on 12 March 1980 (Lot 53), titled 'William III at the Battle of the Boyne', which was then attributed to Wyck.
About the artist
Jan Wyck, known as John Wyck in England, was born in Haarlem in about 1640, and was instructed by his father, Thomas Wyck (c.1616-1677), whom he accompanied to England. Wyck distinguished himself as a painter of battles, sieges, hunting scenes and processions. His larger scale work is considered inferior to his small pictures. Jan Wyck painted several views of Scotland and made designs for a book on hunting and hawking. He died at Mortlake in 1702. The Yale Center for British Art has a watercolour by Wyck showing a stag hunt (Paul Mellon collection).
Jan Wyck (1640 - 1702)
- King William III (1650-1702) on Horseback
- Oil on canvas
- height: 52.00 cm, width: 40.00 cm
- Purchased from Mary Bellis, Hungerford, January 1954
- With Mary Bellis (antique dealer) of Charnham Close, Hungerford; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in January 1954
- GAC number