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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

(1769-1852), Field Marshal and Prime Minister

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 438 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.

More on Wellington: Curator Paul Cox on Wellington | Timeline | Did you know?

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Poor Bull & his Burden or the Political Murraion [Murrain], by George Cruikshank, published by  Thomas Tegg - NPG D46029

Poor Bull & his Burden or the Political Murraion [Murrain]

by George Cruikshank, published by Thomas Tegg
hand-coloured etching, published 15 December 1819
NPG D46029

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ('The Master General of the Ordinance'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D4720

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ('The Master General of the Ordinance')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published August 1819
NPG D4720

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ('The Master General of the Ordinance'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D4721

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ('The Master General of the Ordinance')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published August 1818
NPG D4721

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ('The Master General of the Ordinance'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D4722

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ('The Master General of the Ordinance')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
etching, published August 1819
NPG D4722

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by and published by Thomas Stothard, printed by  McQueen & Co - NPG D37611

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by and published by Thomas Stothard, printed by McQueen & Co
etching, published 1 September 1820
NPG D37611

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by and published by Thomas Stothard, printed by  McQueen & Co - NPG D37612

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by and published by Thomas Stothard, printed by McQueen & Co
etching, published 1 September 1820
NPG D37612

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by and published by Thomas Stothard, printed by  McQueen & Co - NPG D37613

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by and published by Thomas Stothard, printed by McQueen & Co
etching, published 1 September 1820
NPG D37613

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by and published by Thomas Stothard, printed by  McQueen & Co - NPG D37614

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by and published by Thomas Stothard, printed by McQueen & Co
etching, published 1 September 1820
NPG D37614

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by and published by Thomas Stothard, printed by  McQueen & Co - NPG D37615

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by and published by Thomas Stothard, printed by McQueen & Co
etching, published 1 September 1820
NPG D37615

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Unknown artist - NPG D40301

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Unknown artist
pressed paper medallion, circa 1820s-1830s
NPG D40301

Characters in the New Piece Now Performing at the Theatre Royal Cotten Garden 1820, published by John Marshall Jr - NPG D46025a

Characters in the New Piece Now Performing at the Theatre Royal Cotten Garden 1820

published by John Marshall Jr
hand-coloured etching, published 6 November 1820
NPG D46025a

The Milan Garland or Revels round the Vice Post, by Charles Williams, published by  John Johnston - NPG D46028

The Milan Garland or Revels round the Vice Post

by Charles Williams, published by John Johnston
hand-coloured etching, published July 1820
NPG D46028

The Broken Crown or, The Disasters of a Green-Bag Chief!!!, by (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank, published by  Orlando Hodgson - NPG D46037

The Broken Crown or, The Disasters of a Green-Bag Chief!!!

by (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank, published by Orlando Hodgson
hand-coloured etching and letterpress, circa November-December 1820
NPG D46037

All a Bottle of Smoke!! or John Bull and the Secret Committee, published by John Fairburn - NPG D46058

All a Bottle of Smoke!! or John Bull and the Secret Committee

published by John Fairburn
hand-coloured etching, published July 1820
NPG D46058

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Henry Richard Cook, after  Robert Scanlan - NPG D4727

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Henry Richard Cook, after Robert Scanlan
line engraving, 1820s-1840s
NPG D4727

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, after Unknown artist - NPG D7596

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

after Unknown artist
hand-coloured etching, mid 19th century
NPG D7596

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