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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), Field Marshal and Prime Minister.

This is a sketch for Salter's large picture The Waterloo Banquet at Apsley House 1836, commemorating the annual banquet that Wellington hosted for the officers who served under him at Waterloo. In 1839, Wellington described his irritation at constant sittings for portraits. 'I am convinced that there is no Man existing... who has sacrificed... the best hour of his day, to the Artists to the same degree that I have.'...

Oil on canvas
610.0 x 507.0mm
NPG 3766
Image and text © National Portrait Gallery, 2022

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