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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : National Portrait Gallery, London : Room 8

Today we arrive National Portrait Gallery London –The Later Stuarts, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

In this room we explore restoration of the monarchy. Presented here are our top three works to see here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these.

1. Queen Anne, circa 1702, by Michael Dahl
2. King William III, 1677, by studio of Sir Peter Lely
3. Sir Isaac Newton, 1702, by Sir Godfrey Knelle

Image credit for artworks : National Portrait Gallery, London

Some fun facts about the Museum : Discovering the Later Stuarts

  • This Room at London’s National Portrait Gallery is dedicated to the Later Stuarts who ruled England.
  • This period is marked with much Royal drama and scandal.
  • Charles II had no legitimate heir to the throne. But being a Protestant himself, he didn’t want his Roman Catholic brother James, Duke of York to take over. Finally, when Charles died, James did in fact ascend the throne as legal heir. An attempt to overthrow him was made by the Duke of Monmouth. But this was a failed attempt.
  • Have a Roman Catholic ruler in Protestant England brought to the surface a number of underlying religious issues. For instance, James II did not support the Church of England. He also made sure that all important political positions were held by Catholics.
  • Finally, James II fled England and the throne was taken by William of Orange. And his wife Mary.
  • It was during William and Mary’s rule that the Monarchy’s role in Government was established. A role that the British Crown holds even today.

A Final Thought

William himself was Protestant. This helped restore religious peace among the masses. Further, the people also loved Mary as their queen. After their death, Mary’s sister Anne took over the throne.

Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there.

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