It is indeed fantastic news that this fine painting of the Duke has been saved for the Nation to enjoy. Thought by many to be the best impression of the great man particularly as it focusses on his face alone. This was because Sir Thomas Lawrence, the artist, died in 1830 before he could finish it.
The National Portrait Gallery are thrilled to have this painting as they have been seeking a landmark image of The Duke since 1856 when it opened.
Dan Snow, a good friend to Waterloo 200 has said:
“Wellington is a titanic figure in British history. Our only Field Marshal Prime Minister, a man of genius on and off the battlefield. This arresting portrait must sit in the national collection, and now following an outpouring of generosity, it will do.
“The artist has captured the Duke’s legendary demeanour. Among his many contributions to British life he forged the masculine culture of unbending froideur in the face of adversity. It is as special as a work of art as it is as a primary source.”
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