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A Bust of the Duke of Wellington
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A Bust of the Duke of Wellington

Circa 1810

Measurements: Height: 22cm (9in)



Patinated bronze after Nollekens. Bare chested and looking slightly left on an integral socle. Inscribed to the reverse ‘The Duke of Wellington / London’.

Born  near Trim, Ireland,  Arthur Wellesley first gained distinction at the storming of Seringapatam in 1799. He afterwards defeated the Mahrattas at Assaye for which he was knighted. The campaigns of Peninsula War were successfully conducted by him and at Waterloo he defeated Napoleon in person for which victory he was rewarded with the estate of Stratfieldsaye, and an annual pension of £4000. Subsequetly he became Premier and passed the Roman Catholic Relief Bill in 1829 but his opposition to the Reform Bill of 1832 made him unpopular for a time. He died in 1852, feted as Britain’s greatest captain.