16 of 224 portraits of Oliver Cromwell
- Extended catalogue entry
Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue
after a bust by Edward Pearce
16 1/2 in. (419 mm) high
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. 
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Referenceback to top
Pearson and Morant 1935
K. Pearson & G. K. Morant, ‘Portraiture of Oliver Cromwell’, Biometrica, XXVI, 1935, p 96.
N. Penny, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum ..., III, 1992, p 142.
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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