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Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) Lord Protector of England

  • Image of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) Lord Protector of England
  • Image of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) Lord Protector of England
  • Image of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) Lord Protector of England
  • About the work

    Interpretation about this artwork is under review

    The Government Art Collection recognises its responsibility to artists, colleagues and all our audiences to represent the diversity of the UK and to embed anti-racist and equitable practices throughout our work. We are taking action to address inequality in the Collection and its interpretation.

  • About the artist
    John Michael Rysbrack was born in Antwerp, the son of landscape painter Peeter Rijsbrack. He is thought to have trained under Michiel van der Voort from 1706 to 1712. He later became a member of the Guild of Painters in Antwerp. In 1720, he moved to England. Rysbrack enjoyed a successful career in London as a sculptor of portrait busts, statues and funerary monuments. However, by the 1740s he was losing commissions to rival sculptors Scheemakers and Roubiliac. In 1745, he became a Governor and Guardian of the Foundling Hospital and, in 1769, a founder member of the Royal Academy. However, he suffered increasingly from fluid retention in his later years and retired in 1764, devoting his time to drawing for pleasure. He died six years later.
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  • Details
    Title
    Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) Lord Protector of England
    Date
    Medium
    Terracotta bust
    Dimensions
    height: 40.50 cm, width: 28.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Origin uncertain
    Provenance
    Acquired by 1976
    GAC number
    12352