Oliver Lord Protector of the Common Wealth of England, Scotland Ireland &c.
Printed for John Bowles & Son, at the Black Horse in Cornhil.
Mezzotint with very large margins. 355 x 250mm (14 x 9¾"). Ink library stamp on verso.
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), in armour and lace collar, within an oval frame. The engraver of this print is unknown, although it is possible that it was the original publisher, J. Sympson. The libray ink stamp is that of the Allan Library. Thomas Robinson Allan (1799–1886) created the library as a Methodist rival to Sion College Library (of the Church of England). Allan donated it to the Wesleyan Methodist Conference in 1884, which funded a purpose-built premises in London opened in 1891. However it remained open for less than a decade before the collection was put in storage in 1899. In 1920 it was sold to the London Library which dispersed the unwanted publications.
CS: Engraved not Ascertained 26, state iii of iii. Clive Field: ‘The Allan Library: a Victorian Methodist odyssey’. Ex collection of the Hon Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
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