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

Photo credit: English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House

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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.

English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House

London

  • Date

    1812

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    294 x 241 cm

  • Accession number

    WM.1566-1948

  • Acquisition method

    management transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum to English Heritage, 2004

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