What can we learn from portraits of Oliver Cromwell? What do these portraits tell us about our Queen? Why do people have their portrait painted? Let’s look at the story of Oliver Cromwell……………….. Cromwell became an MP – first for Huntingdon then for Cambridge. Cromwell became very religious – he thought it was his job to carry out God’s work. During the Civil War Cromwell gained lots of military experience. Our task today is to look at how Oliver Cromwell used portraits to tell people about himself. If you were Cromwell, which aspects of your character would you want people to know about? Cromwell became Lord Protector of England, although he refused the title of King. What other questions do I need to ask about this picture? Who painted this picture? What does this suggest? Did the artist like Oliver Cromwell? What can I see? This suggests he thought appearance was important Cromwell looks very smart. Cromwell is wearing armour. This suggests he has military experience "I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all the roughness, pimples, warts and everything, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it." These were Cromwell’s instructions to the artist of this picture. Why do you think he wanted to be shown ‘warts and all’? ???? ???? Think carefully about the picture in front of you. Which part of Cromwell’s life do you think it represents? Have a go at writing a thought bubble to go with your image. What was Cromwell thinking when he had this picture made? ???? ???? Imagine you are writing the introduction to the images section of a guidebook to the Cromwell Museum. What can you say about these images? Write a short introduction focusing on the question ‘What can images tell us about Oliver Cromwell?’ You could also have a go at writing the entry for your picture – what does it show? What does it suggest?