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Bust of Oliver Cromwell

Height: 63.300 cm

M&ME 1762,5-28,7

Bust of Oliver Cromwell

From: London, England
Date: around AD 1759

Oliver Cromwell was a military leader who fought against King Charles I during the English Civil War. He believed that the people of England should run the country, not the king. After winning the war, he became leader of England from 1653 until his death in 1658. Shortly after this England went back to being ruled by a king. Cromwell’s body was dug up, beheaded and hung up in chains.

However, many people admired what Cromwell had achieved, and years after his death busts were still being made to celebrate him. This bust was made 101 years after he had died by Louis-François Roubiliac.

Look under ‘Death’ for a wax death mask of Oliver Cromwell.