In my earlier blog about the life of Dutch King William I I showed my comic about his youth – now we skip to his adolescence. He had pretty rough teenage years, with war looming all around and a very indecisive and incompetent father who eventually fled the country. Here’s the comic I did about that memorable flight, by boat to England, on a cold wintery day in 1795.
This event has been portrayed in many contemporary drawings – here’s one of them:
The middle figure is William’s father, also called William (but the fifth instead of the first, as his son would be – yes, it’s all a bit confusing but logical when you know that William’s father was the fifth stadholder and Willem Junior declared himself the first King).
William V was a pudgy, decadent and incapable man – even with the artistic flattery of the day this is what he looked like:
The comic panel I made is part of a traveling exhibition assigned by Museum Meermanno in The Hague.