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Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell, by Robert Hutchinson; Samuel Cooper, 1773 -NPG 2426 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Oliver Cromwell

by Robert Hutchinson, after a drawing attributed to Samuel Cooper
1773
5 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. (146 mm x 121 mm)
NPG 2426

Inscriptionback to top

A wooden backboard formerly with NPG 2426 (now separately conserved), is inscribed in an 18th-century hand: ... from an original Painting of Cooper in the Possession of Sidney Sussex College by R: Hutchinson scholar of the same Coll: April 1773.

This portraitback to top

An 18th-century label, formerly verso, reads done from an Original Crayon Picture in the Possession of Sidney Sussex Coll: Cambridge by Rot Hutchinson of the same Coll: Ao 1773. The Sidney Sussex drawing, presented by Hollis in 1766, [1] formerly attributed to Cooper, appears to be taken from the Buccleuch miniature (see under NPG 3065).

Footnotesback to top

1) According to another MS note by Turton, verso. For the Sidney Sussex drawing see J. W. Goodison, Catalogue of the Portraits in Christ’s, Clare and Sidney Sussex Colleges, 1985, pp 75-76, no.155, as probably after Lely; Goodison listed another inferior copy at Browsholme Hall, Lancs..

Referenceback to top

Piper 1958
D. Piper, ‘The contemporary Portraits of Oliver Cromwell’, Wal. Soc., XXIV, 1958, no.4.

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 93.

Provenanceback to top

Thomas Turton, Bp. of Ely (1780-1864);1 Christie’s, 14-16 April 1864, lot 468; presented by Miss Marshall 1927.

1 A MS label, signed T. Ely (1863), formerly verso (now separately conserved), reads: Mr Robert Hutchinson resided in the County of Durham, with considerable reputation as an artist – an Amateur Artist, I believe – Time having somewhat injured Cooper’s portrait, This admirable copy, “done from the Original” ninety years ago, cannot but be thought of great importance.


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