Peninsular and Waterloo officers: watercolour drawings by Thomas Heaphy, 1813-14
A series of whole-length portraits of officers realised in southern France and Spain over a period of 18 months during the Peninsular War. They have bodies and legs outlined in pencil with the heads painted in watercolour, and were studies for a group portrait The Duke of Wellington in Consultation with his Officers previous to a General Engagement (present whereabouts unknown). It was possibly at Wellington's invitation that the artist joined the cavalry staff to make these studies.
by Thomas Heaphy
On display in Room 34 at the National Portrait Gallery