It has been, argued that William had little impact on the arts in England. Henk Van Veen agrees that art as propaganda and patronage of the arts in England decreased under Williams' rule.
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|Baroque Art; Dutch Portrait painters; Godfrey Kneller; Hampton Court; King William; Landscape architecture; William of Orange
|It has been, argued that William had little impact on the arts in England. Henk Van Veen agrees that art as propaganda and patronage of the arts in England decreased under Williams' rule. He asks why this should be considering that William had a lively interest in painting, architecture and garden design. He puts forward two contrasting arguments: (1) William accepted the constitutional limitations in his role as King and therefore did not attenrpt to impose his will on the arts as an absolute monarch would (2) William actually wanted to model his kingshop on that of an absolute monarch. For example his building projects were very ambitious (eg Hampton Court) and he could be more ostentatious than he could in the Netherlands. Dutch influence was felt in portraiture, animal painting and particularly garden design but soon after Williams death the 'Dutch garden' lost its appeal, thus sweeping away William's one telling attempt to introduce Dutch culture to England.
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