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Equestrian Portrait of the 1st Duke of Wellington (1769–1852)

Equestrian Portrait of the 1st Duke of Wellington (1769–1852) 1812

Francisco de Goya (1746–1828)

English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House

(Born Fuendetodos, nr. Saragossa, 30 March 1746; died Bordeaux, 16 April 1828). Spanish painter, printmaker and draughtsman. He was the most powerful and original European artist of his time, but his genius was slow in maturing and he was well into his thirties before he began producing work that set him apart from his contemporaries. The son of a gilder, he trained initially with a local painter in Saragossa, then in 1763 moved to Madrid, where he continued his studies under Francisco Bayeu (he twice failed in attempts to enrol at the Academy of San Fernando).

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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