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Searching for the Young Black Man in the Portrait of William III, Part 1

A young Black man dressed in blue and gold holding a helmet stands beside William III in a portrait that is a focal point of our exhibition: Untold Lives: A Palace at Work. Who was he? Where did he live and when? Why is he in the painting with William III? And how can historians unravel the mystery surrounding him?

Searching for the Young Black Man in the Portrait of William III, Part 2

The next step in our search was to look at sources and pictures on William III's life before he arrived in England, and his first court, to attempt to discover more about this young man, and why he might have been painted with the King.

The Rubens ceiling

The crowning glory of the Banqueting House

Art and decorative arts collections

Art and decorative arts collections at Historic Royal Palaces.

The execution of Charles I

Tried and sentenced to death for high treason

Art at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle has become a place in which to see amazing art

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

  • Things to see

Haunted Gallery and Processional Route

Walk Henry VIII’s route from his private apartments to the Chapel and see the infamous Haunted Gallery in the State Apartments.

  • Open
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

The King’s Gallery

Explore the King's Gallery, which was transformed by William Kent to showcase the finest paintings of the Royal Collection.

  • Open
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Kensington Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Rubens ceiling

Marvel at Sir Peter Paul Rubens' ceiling in its original setting of Inigo Jones' spectacular Banqueting House.

  • Closed
  • Banqueting House
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Art and sculpture

See images of James I and Charles I among the important collection of art and sculpture at Banqueting House.

  • Closed
  • Banqueting House
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Red Room

Political history meets royal life and a spectacular collection of art, deep in the heart of Hillsborough Castle.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

State Entrance Hall

Start your tour in the magnificent state entrance, where royals, politicians and peacemakers all enter the castle.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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OTHER PAGES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

Searching for the Young Black Man in the Portrait of William III, Part 1

A young Black man dressed in blue and gold holding a helmet stands beside William III in a portrait that is a focal point of our exhibition: Untold Lives: A Palace at Work. Who was he? Where did he live and when? Why is he in the painting with William III? And how can historians unravel the mystery surrounding him?

Searching for the Young Black Man in the Portrait of William III, Part 2

The next step in our search was to look at sources and pictures on William III's life before he arrived in England, and his first court, to attempt to discover more about this young man, and why he might have been painted with the King.

Art and decorative arts collections

Art and decorative arts collections at Historic Royal Palaces.

Hampton Court Palace as a Victorian art gallery

This little watercolour, painted by an unknown artist in the 1850s, is a revealing glimpse of what it was like to visit Hampton Court Palace in the 19th century.

Sketches of Queen Victoria as a girl

A unique set of sketches in our collection show Princess Victoria at three years old, on holiday in the seaside town of Ramsgate, Kent in 1822. They give us a rare informal glimpse of Victoria as a pink-cheeked cherub and a bundle of energy.

Cumberland Art Gallery highlights

Find out more about the gallery and the display of works from the Royal Collection at Hampton Court Palace.