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Mary Stuart, Princess of Orange, as Widow of William II  1652

by Bartholomeus van der Helst

White is the colour of mourning for people of royal blood. Mary was already a widow by the time she turned 19. Her husband, the Stadtholder William II, died in 1650 of smallpox. Two years later she had herself [br]portrayed as his widow, holding an orange in her hand as a reference to the House of Orange. At the left is the stadtholders’ gate of the Binnenhof with a view ...
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum