The Wallace Collection

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Oliver Cromwell, after Samuel Cooper
  • Christian Richter (1678 - 1732)
  • After Samuel Cooper (1609 - 1672)
  • Oliver Cromwell, after Samuel Cooper
  • England
  • early 18th century
  • Miniature
  • Painted on vellum
  • Image size: 10.5 x 8.5 cm
    Frame size: 15.6 x 14 cm
  • Inscription: 'Sum possessor / C Richter / 1708', the 'C R' in monogram
    Label: '99'
  • M85
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • This portrait derives from the portrait of Oliver Cromwell in armour by Samuel Cooper, signed and dated 1656 (now in the National Portrait Gallery; NPG 3065), which was in turn based on Cooper’s famous unfinished portrait of Cromwell in the collection of the Duke of Buccleuch. Cooper’s miniatures of Cromwell were celebrated for their frank naturalism.
    The miniature is attributed to the Swedish goldsmith and painter Christian Richter (1678-1732), who worked in England from 1702 until his death. In the first decade of the eighteenth century, Richter made a number of copies after Cooper’s portraits of Cromwell, particularly versions of the Buccleuch portrait. The inscription ‘Sum possessor/C Richter 1708’ on the reverse indicates that Richter owned one of Cooper’s versions of the portrait.