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        Officer of Pikemen, 1638

        English School, (17th century). Medium: carved wood. Date: 1638. The elaborately carved staircase at Cromwell House in Highgate, North London, was created during a re-modelling of the house in 1638 and featured a different carved figure from Cromwell's brigade on each newel; This figure wears a repousse breastplate and the right arm, that has been broken off may have held a halberd; Oliver Cromweel (1599-1658) gave the house to his daughter, Bridget, and her husband Henry Ireton (1611-1651); There are 9 known figures although it is thought that 2 further figures representing Cromwell and Ireton themselves may have been destroyed at the Restoration; The figures were stolen in the 1980s and have not been seen since; Cromwell House is now the Ghanain High Commission; Provenance: Private Collection.


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