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Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell, by Edward Pearce, based on a work of 1672 -NPG 438 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Oliver Cromwell

after Edward Pearce
based on a work of 1672
25 in. (635 mm) high
NPG 438

This portraitback to top

An identical bronze in the Museum of London [1] is signed and dated by Pearce 1672; a marble version belongs to the Earl of Wemyss (Gosford House). [2] Bronze and marble versions belonged to Lord Elcho in 1877. [3]

Footnotesback to top

1) See R. L. Poole, Wal. Soc., XI, 1923, pp 38-39.
2) Exh. ‘A Loan Exhibition of of the Principal Contemporary Portraits of Oliver Cromwell’, NPG, 1958, no.40.
3) Sir George Scharf’s Trustees’ sketch books 23:15.

Referenceback to top

Piper 1958
D. Piper, ‘The contemporary Portraits of Oliver Cromwell’, Wal. Soc., XXIV, 1958, no.13.

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, pp 96-97.

Provenanceback to top

Dr Jordan, Bedford Square, London; his sale, Foster’s, 20 April 1876(54); Henry Graves, from whom purchased 1877.

Exhibitionsback to top

Thomas Carlyle, NPG, 1981-2, no.61; Heroes and Villains, Sheffield, 2005.

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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