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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by George Gammon Adams, 1852 -NPG 2155a - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by George Gammon Adams
1852
9 3/8 in. (238 mm) high
NPG 2155a

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The original mask was made with the help of a camera lucida on 16 September 1852, three days after the Duke's death, and is probably that presented to the Royal Institution by the 2nd Duke (Wellesley and Steegman, Iconography of the 1st Duke of Wellington, 1935, pp 1 and 53). The mask was developed into Adam's marble busts at Apsley House and in the Duke of Sutherland's collection, considered by the 2nd Duke and his friends 'as the best by far that has appeared' (letter to Adams 16 November 1852, Wellesley and Steegman, Iconography of the 1st Duke of Wellington, 1935, p 1 and Rupert Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, 1953, p 13). Undraped herm copies are in the Royal Collection (Buckingham Palace), Badminton, Duke of Buccleuch's collection, Burghley House, Corsham Court, Stratfield Saye, War Office Whitehall, in the Chapel on the field of Waterloo, etc. A copy dated 1855 was at Christie's 11 December 1979 (37). The profile on the Wellington Funeral Medal by G. G. Adams also derives from the death-mask.

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Plaster cast of the death-mask.

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Given by Vice-Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond 1927.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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