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THERE HAVE BEEN PRINTED
of this Work
ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FIVE COPIES
ON FINE PAPK.n.
Nos. 1 to 1475.
There is, 1 believe, still room for a biography of Cromwell setting t'orlli tlio character of the man as it stands revealed by recent investigations. In the selection of the illustrations I have lo acknowledge with the warmest gratitude the counsels given me from time to time by Mr. Lionel Gust, the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, whose knowledge of portraits and costumes has been -invaluable to me, as well as my sincere thanks for advice and assistance rendered during the progress of the work by Mr. Bertram F. Astley, Mr. R. B. Drabble, Mr. R. R. Holmes, Librarian to the Queen, and Mr. Andrew McKay.
I have also now the opportunity of recording the grateful appreciation of the Publishers and myself of the prompt and generous response made by all the owners of collections to whom application has been made for permission to reproduce any work of art which might serve lo illustrate this volume. That this indebtedness is indeed great and widespread will be at once recognised from the following names of owners and custodians of the originals from which the illustrations have been taken :—Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Devonshire, the Duke of Buccleuch, the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, the Duke of Manchester, the Duke of Hamilton, the Marquis of Lothian, Earl Spencer, the Earl ol Sandwich, Lord Ribblesdale, Lord Saye and Sele, Mrs. Frankland-Russell-Astley, of Chequers Court; Mrs. B. M. Beadnell (nee Polhill), of Sundridge, Kent; Miss Disbrowe, ot Walton Hall, Burton-on-Trent; Mr. Edmund F. J. Deprcz; the Master and Fellows of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; the Warden of Wadham College, Oxford; as well as the authorities of the Houses of Parliament, of the National Portrait Gallery, of the British Museum, of the Royal Society of .Antiquaries, and of the .National Portrait Gallery of Scotland.
Though care has been taken to secure genuine portraits, it seems desirable to lay before the reader exactly the evidence in existence where doubts may be entertained:—
1. The likeness of Cromwell, as a child, from Chequers Court, cannot be regarded as absolutely certain, though I see little reason for pronouncing against it. On the back of the panel of this picture is a note in the handwriting of Sir Thomas Frankland, who was descended from the fourth son of Elizabeth, daughter of Cromwell's daughter, Lady Russell, to the following effect:—
"This picture was purchased January 1791 / from Mr. Graves, Printseller in Catherine / Street, to whom Mr Gerard, the Auction- jeer, sold it many years since among / the furniture of Mr. Story, of Greek Street, /whose mother was waiting woman to / Mrs. Ireton, daughter to Oliver Cromwell." (Signed) "T. F."
An earlier MS. statement is also pasted on the back of the panel, but is only decipherable to the following extent :—
* * * / * "Mr. Gerrard, auctioneer, who had * Picture * for evidence respecting / * * * '- Mr. Gerrard who told me that he sold / it some years ago amongst the Furniture / of Mr. Story, of Greek Street—whose mother was / waiting woman to Mrs. Ireton, the Daughter of / Oliver—that she married Mr. Story who was / private messenger to Oliver—that his Exrcutor / w1 not he supposed let it be sold otherwise than / amongst Family Furniture least (i.e. lest) the circumstance / of Mr. Story's having been in service should be revived—/ That the Executor still had a picture of Mrs. / Ireton which he had heen restrained from selling / by Mr. Story's will.
"Same Day sent to enquire where I might see the / picture of Mrs. Ireton—and was referred by / Mr. Gcrrard to Mr. Marshall Grocer corner of / Gt. Newport Street in Porter Street—as the Executor / of Mr. Story.
"Mr. Marshall knew nothing of the Pictures sold / amongst the Furniture - if he had known there / had been such a picture of Cromwell, he sd have thought / it his duty to have sold it amongst Antiquities had / Mr. Gerrard advised him to do so that he might have / made the most of the effects—That Mrs. Story was a / servant to Mrs. Ireton—that she lived with her Husbd / (who had been in the King's family in the * * / * in * * in the House he saw * * / whom he succeeded in the year 1755 when she died / at the age of 100 years That she was a very active wo-/ man and could go up and down stairs very * * / * * her dcuth —He shewed me the picture of/ * * * / *isa very good picture but * / * Bed Room. He sd it was left" * / * * (Here Ik lines of the MS. are illegible) * * / "N.B. The above * * Mr. Nicholas."
So far as lliis evidence goes, it traces the Chequers Court picture back to Cromwell's eldest daughter Bridget, the wife first of Ireton, afterwards of Fleetwood. There exists, however, in the possession of the Rev. A. W. Headlam, of Gainford Vicarage, Darlington, another picture almost entirely similar to the one at Chequers Court, and the ownership of which can be traced back to Lady Fagg (died 1791), who married Roger Talbot, son of Frances Frankland, granddaughter of the Lady Russell mentioned above. If we assume that these two statements are accurate, we arrive at the probable conclusion that the Chequers