New exhibition at Cromwell Musuem shows mocking up images dates back to civil war

A NEW exhibition at the Cromwell Museum unveils multiple versions of the Headless Horseman which would be changed to depict the nation’s mood.

For the first time in 90 years, the series of four out of seven 17th century prints depicting this famous picture will be displayed together. It’s believed that they show that Oliver Cromwell’s and King Charles I’s head were used on the same print.

The exhibition also features a delicate embroidered version of the print of the same era, with Cromwell as the rider.

“This set is quite extraordinary”, said John Goldsmith, curator of the museum. “We have one version in our collection and have been able to borrow three others from the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge. It’s suggested that the head was changed to match fluctuating political fortunes”.

A book of all the prints was published to coincide with the only occasion when all seven versions of the print were shown together in an exhibition at the British Museum. Until now only two had been shown at the same time.

Linked to the exhibition is a Family Activity Day at Huntingdon Library on Wednesday 15 February from 11am-3pm. This is a free drop-in event, donations welcome.

INFORMATION: The exhibition runs from February 7 to May 6. Free admission. A link family activity day at Huntingdon Library on Wednesday, February 15, between 11am and 3pm. Free entry, donations welcome.

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