Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), Lord Protector of England
‘his countenance swollen and reddish, his voice sharp and untuneable’ (Sir Philip Warwick, 1640s)
‘very scanty beard, of sanguine complexion, medium stature, robust, of martial presence’ (Venetian ambassador, 1655)
‘compact and strong physique ... his stature under six feet (I beleeve about two inches) ... exceedingly fiery temper [though] the flame of it kept downe, for the most part, or soon allayed ... A larger soul, I thinke, hath seldom dwelt in a house of clay than his was’ (John Maidstone, Cromwell’s servant)
This extended catalogue entry is by John Ingamells, one of a limited number of entries drafted in 2010 for the incomplete catalogue, Early Stuart Portraits 1625-1685, and is as written then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.