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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Thomas Heaphy, 1813 - NPG 1914(17) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Thomas Heaphy
watercolour, 1813
7 5/8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (194 mm x 160 mm)
Purchased, 1921
Primary Collection
NPG 1914(17)

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  • Thomas Heaphy (1775-1835). Artist associated with 47 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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The vivid simplicity of this sketch is pure Wellington in its unfussy simplicity and alertness. He rejected powdered hair earlier than many of his contemporaries, prompting the novelist Maria Edgeworth to describe him as 'quite bald'. Her cousin Captain Elers added that 'he had a long pale face, aquiline nose, a clear blue eye and the blackest beard I ever saw.... I have known him shave twice in one day, which I believe was his constant practice.'

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