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        Pikeman, 1638

        English School, (17th century). Medium: carved wood. Date: 1638. The elaborately carved staircase of Cromwell House in Highgate, North London, was created during a re-modelling of the building in 1638 and featured a different carved figure from Cromwell's brigade on each newel; Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) gave the house to his daughter, Bridget, and her husband Henry Ireton (1611-1651); There are 9 figures in all although it is thought that there may have been a further 2, representing Cromwell and Ireton themselves, that were 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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