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A Bronze Portrait Relief of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) 1750s

After Louis Francois Roubiliac (1695-1762) 

A Bronze Portrait Relief of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), After Louis Francois Roubiliac (1695-1762)
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Bronze
17th Century
6 3/4 inches 16 cm high
 
Provenance:
The Ronald A. Lee Collection
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This rare English portrait relief dates to the mid 18th Century, and takes its inspiration from Roubiliac's terracotta bust of Cromwell in the British Museum.

In the sale catalogue of Roubiliac's collection reproduced by Katherine Esdale, ''Louis Francois Roubiliac'', p.222, entries 23, 24 and 25 refer to medals of Oliver Cromwell under the title ''Sundries in Plaister''.

John Mallet in the article ''Some Portrait Medallions by Roubiliac'', Burlington Magazine, April 1962, pl.26, illustrates the full face terracotta medallion of Cromwell and also four slightly larger bronze medallions of Pope, Middleton, Handel and Garrick which, although full-face, are of a very similar style to this portrait. Whilst the catalogue entries are brief and sizes never given, Mr.Mallet also refers to another entry in the second day''s sale under the heading ''Bronzes etc.'', where no.92 reads ''A basso relievo of Inigo Jones and Oliver Cromwell.''
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