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    Cromwell lying in state.
    Etching and engraving

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    • 1658 (circa)
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    • Height: 89 millimetres (image)
    • Width: 118 millimetres (image)
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      • Inscription Content

        With sixteen lines of letterpress above the image giving a biography of Cromwell: 'Oliver Cromwell L. Ptor. of Engd. Scotd. and Ierld. borne at Huntington... died 3. Sep. 1658. after. 14. dayes sicknesse of an agew with great assurance and serenitie of mide peaceabley in his bed. Natus. 13. Ap: 1599. Dunkerke in Flanders surrended to him 20th. of June. 1658.'.
        Letterpress on the verso, an address to his son Richard, asking him to succeed.
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    Satires British Stephens series

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Cromwell lying in state.  Etching and engraving


Cromwell lying in state. Etching and engraving

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