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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

8 of 346 portraits of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, circa 1820 - NPG 4670 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
chalk on canvas, circa 1820
25 in. x 20 1/2 in. (635 mm x 521 mm)
Purchased, 1969
Primary Collection
NPG 4670

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  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 683 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

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Lawrence first painted Wellington in 1814 after the duke returned to Britain as the victor of the Peninsular War. The artist created the confident, well-groomed international hero gazing steadfastly out of a series of memorable canvases. This drawing was probably made to be kept in Lawrence's studio as a reminder, or intended as a present, or even made for subsequent copying as an engraving. This explanation is more likely than the claim made by a previous owner, in a label stuck on the back of the frame, that it was a preparatory sketch for a portrait.

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  • Essay by Richard Holmes, Thomas Lawrence Portraits, 2010 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 21 October 2010 - 23 January 2011), p. 13
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 650
  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 527

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