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Cromwell online exhibition

  When Cromwell died in 1658 he was the head of state, the Lord Protector. Although his image had appeared on coins and medals, and in paintings and prints, there were no great statues erected in his honour in his life time.



Picture of a coin depicting Cromwell

All societies honour their great men and women by commemorating them in different ways. The tradition of creating likenesses in stone, or metal, goes back into classical antiquity. The creation of public works of art, intended to be seen by everyone, not just a private few, requires some agreement that the person is worthy of honour. Cromwell's image took over two hundred years for his image to become respectable, and regarded, by some at least, as a suitable subject for statues 
and stained glass.

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