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Quotation by Oliver Cromwell
Mr. Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.
Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658), British Parliamentarian general, Lord Protector of England. Quoted in Anecdotes of Painting in England, vol. 3, ch. 1, Horace Walpole (1763).
Remark to painter Sir Peter Lely, c. 1657, usually quoted "warts and all."
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