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Oliver Cromwell

11 of 22 portraits on display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery

Oliver Cromwell, by Samuel Cooper, 1649 - NPG 5589 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Oliver Cromwell

by Samuel Cooper
watercolour on vellum, 1649
2 1/4 in. x 1 7/8 in. (57 mm x 48 mm) oval
Purchased, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG 5589


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  • Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), Lord Protector of England. Sitter associated with 221 portraits.

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  • Samuel Cooper (1609-1672), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 107 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Samuel Cooper, the miniaturist who was described by the Grand Duke of Tuscany as 'a tiny man, all wit and courtesy', produced this fine portrait of Oliver Cromwell in 1649, the year of Charles I's execution. Cromwell at the time was in the process of becoming the effective leader of the Parliamentarian forces and is depicted looking callous and determined but not yet disfigured by the pimples and warts that were the distinguishing features of later portraits of him.

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