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Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell, by Edward Pearce, 19th century? -NPG 132 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Oliver Cromwell

after a bust by Edward Pearce
19th century?
16 1/2 in. (419 mm) high
NPG 132

This portraitback to top

Probably 19th century. Based on the marble bust in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, which, although inscribed E. Pierce Fecit, is now considered to be possibly by Joseph Nollekens. [1]

Footnotesback to top

1) N. Penny, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum ..., III, 1992, pp 142-43 as ‘perhaps by Joseph Nollekens’.

Referenceback to top

Pearson and Morant 1935
K. Pearson & G. K. Morant, ‘Portraiture of Oliver Cromwell’, Biometrica, XXVI, 1935, p 96.

Penny 1992
N. Penny, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum ..., III, 1992, p 142.

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 96.

Provenanceback to top

James Loft c.1856;1 Messrs. Foster, from whom purchased 1861.

1 R. L. Poole, Wal. Soc., XI, 1923, p 39n. K. Pearson & G. K. Morant, ‘Portraiture of Oliver Cromwell’, Biometrica, XXVI, 1935, p 96, pl.lxxvii-lxxix. The sculptor James Loft may even have modelled NPG 132 (D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 96).

Exhibitionsback to top

‘A Loan Exhibition of of the Principal Contemporary Portraits of Oliver Cromwell’, NPG, 1958, no.41.


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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