NPG Number
952
Mkey
1330
Sitter/Title
Elizabeth Claypole (née Cromwell)
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
JohnMichaelWright
Date made
1658
Medium
oil on panel
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
elizabeth claypole na

1330

952

Elizabeth Claypole (née Cromwell)

by

John Michael Wright

1658

oil on panel

© National Portrait Gallery, London

This allegorical, and posthumous, portrait shows her as Minerva, goddess of wisdom. The carved relief represents the goddess springing from the head of Jupiter (Jove) with the Latin motto AB JOVE PRINCIPIUM ('From Jove is My Beginning'), in allusion to her father, whose cameo portrait she holds.