Oliver Cromwell

Artist: Jan van de Velde IV (Dutch, Utrecht before 1610–1686 Haarlem)

Artist: after Robert Walker (British, 1595/1610?–?1659)

Date: after 1653

Medium: Engraving, aquatint, and roulette; second state

Dimensions: Sheet: 16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1930

Accession Number: 30.54.72


Not long after Cromwell's Puritan minority overtook the throne of England, the "Lord Protector" himself was portrayed steely-eyed and dressed in armor. His costume suited well the leader of a fanatical army and a staunch defender of colonial possessions. The portrait is one of the earliest known etchings to be modeled with aquatint.