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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Robert Home, 1804 - NPG 1471 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Robert Home
oil on canvas, 1804
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Transferred from Tate Gallery: London: UK, 1957
Primary Collection
NPG 1471

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  • Robert Home (1752-1834), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 18 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This early portrait of the future Duke of Wellington was painted in 1804 while he was serving in India. He is depicted in his major-general's uniform, his glorious victories all still ahead of him. He is not shown wearing the Order of the Bath though he had been awarded it in August 1804. It did not arrive from England until March 1805 and was said to have been pinned on him by a friend as he slept. The novelist Maria Edgeworth described him at this time as 'handsome, very brown … (with) a hooked nose'. Robert Home painted fourteen portraits of Wellington between 1804 and 1806 including one for his commanding admiral and one for the East India Company.

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