The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

The Duke of Wellington: Sketches from a Military Life

Past display archive
14 July 2001 - 2 January 2002

Room 16

Admission Free

As victor at Waterloo and later Prime Minister, Wellington was almost always in the public eye. This selection of rarely exhibited works on paper includes watercolours by Thomas Heaphy of the Duke and his generals on the campaign trail and preparatory sketches for sculpture by Sir Francis Chantrey. Later political caricatures and oil sketches by William Salter for his 'Waterloo Banquet' are also included.


Pioneer Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.

Explore the podcasts

Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.

Listen to the playlist

Archive interviews

Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.

Watch, listen and read