Collection of Benjamin Weiss
DEATH OF WILLIAM II, PRINCE OF ORANGE
DADLER, Sebastian: Netherlands, 1650, Silver, 69 mm
William II, Prince of Orange (1626-1650), was born at The
Hague, the son of Frederick Henry, prince of Orange, and grandson of William
the Silent. He was stadtholder of several Dutch provinces. In 1641, at the
age of 14,
William married then nine-year-old Mary Henrietta Stuart, eldest daughter of king
Charles I of England.
William's dynastic ambitions were thwarted by his early death of small pox
on November 6, 1650. He was succeeded by his son, the future
king of England. William III married
Mary, eldest daughter of James,
duke of York (the future James II), the brother of
II, when he was king, fled to
France thereby abdicating the throne, which was then conferred jointly on
William (III) and Mary (II) in 1689 as part of the Glorious Revolution.
The medal commemorates the death of William II, Prince of Orange. The obverse is to reflect on his death. The reverse may refer to a failed attempt by William II to conquer Amsterdam.
LINK to article :
Medals of the Glorious Revolution: The Influence of Catholic-Protestant
LINK to painting to commemorate the bethrothal of William and Mary Henrietta Stuart by Anthon van Dyck (from wikipedia)
LINK to painting of William II and Mary Stuart by Gerard van Honthorst (from wikipedia)
LINK to painting Fall of Phaeton by Peter Paul Rubens (from National Gallery of Art)