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Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)

BRITISH SCHOOL, 17th century

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 127.0 x 101.6 cm

Acquired: 1934; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 539

Cromwell was an East Anglian squire and MP. Although he had no military experience, his leadership was crucial to the Parliamentarian victory in the Civil War, and he became a leading figure in the Republican Commonwealth Government. From 1653 he ruled as Lord Protector. Cromwell’s great-grandfather, Morgan Williams, was an innkeeper from Glamorgan who married into the family of Henry VIII’s minister, Thomas Cromwell.

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