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Wellington is wearing civilian dress, which was his customary battle dress although the sabre and sash are of a Spanish type and are probably fanciful additions by the artist. The baton may have been omitted for diplomatic reasons. The execution is very sketchy; considerable areas have been laid on with a palette knife and numerous alterations are visible. It is now generally acepted that this portrait was painted in the three weeks between 12 August 1812, when Wellington entered Madrid, and 2 September, when it was exhibited at the Real Academia de San Fernando.
oil on canvas
294 x 241 cm
management transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum to English Heritage, 2004
English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House
149 Piccadilly Hyde Park Corner, London, Greater London W1J 7NT EnglandView venue
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