William I of Holland

King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg between 1815-1840, King William I of Holland was born in 1772. He became the sovereign prince of the Dutch Republic when France withdrew from the Netherlands in 1813 and two years later was named the King of the Netherlands. As he ruled he collected many works of art, including Titian’s St Peter Enthroned, Adored by Alexander VI and Jacopo Pesaro. He would eventually donate many pieces to the Antwerp Musee des Beaux-Arts in 1823. (NB)