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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

(1769-1852), Field Marshal and Prime Minister

Sitter associated with 437 portraits
The most famous soldier and statesman of his day, Wellington's early victories were in India and the Spanish Peninsula. In 1815, he was hailed as the man who achieved peace in Europe when he led the campaign to defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. He later became leader of the Tory party and, as Prime Minister, from 1828-1830, he carried an important, if controversial, act that allowed Catholic emancipation in Britain. However, he was vigorously opposed to the recasting of electoral boroughs that led to the reform of the House of Commons and the slow spread of democracy. This resistance ended in the fall of the Tories and made way for Earl Grey's Whig government that eventually passed the Reform Bill in 1832.

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The Taking of Chusan, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  General Lithographic Establishment, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41601

The Taking of Chusan

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by General Lithographic Establishment, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 31 December 1840
NPG D41601

The Waits, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  General Lithographic Establishment, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41602

The Waits

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by General Lithographic Establishment, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 31 December 1840
NPG D41602

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by George Henry Phillips, after  Henry Perronet Briggs - NPG D13775

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by George Henry Phillips, after Henry Perronet Briggs
mezzotint, published 1840
NPG D13775

Stothard's admired picture of "The Procession of the Flitch of Bacon". Somewhat Metamorphosed!, by John ('HB') Doyle, published by  Thomas McLean, printed by  General Lithographic Establishment, after  Thomas Stothard - NPG D33637

Stothard's admired picture of "The Procession of the Flitch of Bacon". Somewhat Metamorphosed!

by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean, printed by General Lithographic Establishment, after Thomas Stothard
lithograph, published 11 February 1841
NPG D33637

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by George Henry Phillips, published by  Graves & Warmsley, after  Henry Perronet Briggs - NPG D37578

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by George Henry Phillips, published by Graves & Warmsley, after Henry Perronet Briggs
mezzotint, published 1 July 1841
NPG D37578

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by George Henry Phillips, published by  Graves & Warmsley, after  Henry Perronet Briggs - NPG D37579

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by George Henry Phillips, published by Graves & Warmsley, after Henry Perronet Briggs
mezzotint, published 1 July 1841
NPG D37579

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Henry Thomas Ryall, printed by  McQueen (Macqueen), published by  Colnaghi and Puckle, after  Henry Perronet Briggs - NPG D37595

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Henry Thomas Ryall, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Henry Perronet Briggs
mezzotint, published 6 September 1841
NPG D37595

Stothard's admired picture of "The Procession of the Flitch of Bacon". Somewhat Metamorphosed!, by John ('HB') Doyle, published by  Thomas McLean, printed by  General Lithographic Establishment, after  Thomas Stothard - NPG D41603

Stothard's admired picture of "The Procession of the Flitch of Bacon". Somewhat Metamorphosed!

by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean, printed by General Lithographic Establishment, after Thomas Stothard
lithograph, published 11 February 1841
NPG D41603

A Criminal in Custody, by John ('HB') Doyle, published by  Thomas McLean, printed by  General Lithographic Establishment - NPG D41606

A Criminal in Custody

by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean, printed by General Lithographic Establishment
lithograph, published 25 February 1841
NPG D41606

The Corn Doctors, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  General Lithographic Establishment, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41617

The Corn Doctors

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by General Lithographic Establishment, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 15 May 1841
NPG D41617

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Henry Thomas Ryall, published by  Colnaghi and Puckle, after  Henry Perronet Briggs - NPG D37597

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Henry Thomas Ryall, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Henry Perronet Briggs
mezzotint, published 1 June 1842 (1840)
NPG D37597

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, published by Welch & Gwynne, after  George Dawe - NPG D37598

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

published by Welch & Gwynne, after George Dawe
mezzotint, published 15 March 1842
NPG D37598

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by William Oakley Burgess, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D4725

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by William Oakley Burgess, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1842
NPG D4725

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Edward McInnes, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D9264

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Edward McInnes, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1844
NPG D9264

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ('A View in Hyde Park'), by John Harris, after  Henry de Daubrawa - NPG D2905

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ('A View in Hyde Park')

by John Harris, after Henry de Daubrawa
aquatint, published 1844
NPG D2905

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Henry Thomas Ryall, published by  James Watson, published by  Goupil & Vibert, after  Abraham Solomon, after  Antoine Claudet - NPG D37582

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Henry Thomas Ryall, published by James Watson, published by Goupil & Vibert, after Abraham Solomon, after Antoine Claudet
mezzotint, published 1 May 1845 (1 May 1844)
NPG D37582

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Henry Thomas Ryall, published by  J. Watson, after  Antoine Claudet - NPG D20213

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Henry Thomas Ryall, published by J. Watson, after Antoine Claudet
stipple engraving, published 1 May 1845
NPG D20213

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by George B. Black, printed by  Day & Son, published by and after  James Palmer - NPG D37603

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by George B. Black, printed by Day & Son, published by and after James Palmer
lithograph, late 19th century
NPG D37603

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, published by J. Watson - NPG D19133

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

published by J. Watson
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1847
NPG D19133

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Samuel Cousins, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D13779

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Samuel Cousins, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mixed-method engraving, published 1848 (1825)
NPG D13779

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