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Oliver Cromwell ('The Lord Protector Medal')

Oliver Cromwell ('The Lord Protector Medal'), by Thomas Simon, 1653 -NPG 4366 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Oliver Cromwell ('The Lord Protector Medal')

by Thomas Simon
1653
1 1/2 in. (38 mm) diameter
NPG 4366

This portraitback to top

The Lord Protector or Inauguration Medal, issued to mark the occasion of Cromwell being proclaimed Lord Protector (1653).

Referenceback to top

Henfrey 1877
H. W. Henfrey, Numismata Cromwelliana, 1877, p 18.

Piper 1958
D. Piper, ‘The contemporary Portraits of Oliver Cromwell’, Wal. Soc., XXIV, 1958, no.7.

Simon and Saywell (eds) 2004
Complete Illustrated Catalogue, NPG, ed. J. Simon & D. Saywell, 2004, p 155.

Physical descriptionback to top

Obverse inscribed: OLIVERUS DEI GRA:REIPUB:ANGLIAE.SCO:ET.HIB:&. PROTECTOR//THO.SIMON F (the artist’s signature upside down)
Reverse: as NPG 4068.

Provenanceback to top

Spink & Sons Ltd, 1964; presented by the Cromwell Association in memory of their past president, the Rt. Hon. Isaac Foot, 1964.


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.

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