A major loan exhibition dedicated to the first internationally celebrated British artist, Samuel Cooper, will go display at the Philip Mould gallery from 13 November – 7 December 2013 (Preview Tuesday, 12 November). Known to his contemporaries as ‘the prince of limners’ or ‘Vandyck in little’, Samuel Cooper’s miraculous portrait miniatures were sought after in his lifetime by collectors across Europe, most memorably Charles II and Oliver Cromwell.
Lenders to the exhibition include Her Majesty the Queen, The Duke of Buccleuch, Castle Howard, Burghley House, The Ashmolean Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition takes its name from the Duke of Buccleuch’s iconic unfinished portrait of Oliver Cromwell, which, for the first time, will be hung alongside Sir Peter Lely’s identical portrait of Cromwell . The death mask of Oliver Cromwell will also be loaned from Warwick Castle to allow visitors to compare his features to Cooper’s ad vivum sketch and subsequent portraits. As the exhibition will conclusively show, it is to Cooper that Oliver Cromwell is believed to have made clear his desire to be painted 'warts and all'
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