Jan van de Velde IV (Dutch, before 1610–1686), after Robert Walker (British, 1595/1610?–?1659)
Engraving, aquatint, and roulette
16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1930 (30.54.72)
Not long after Cromwell's Puritan minority overtook the throne of England, the "Lord Protector" himself was portrayed steely-eyed and dressed in armor. His costume suited well the leader of a fanatical army and a staunch defender of colonial possessions. The portrait is one of the earliest known etchings to be modeled with aquatint.