This three-quarter length portrait of the first Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, shows the Duke in a black frock coat, with arms folded and the Order of the Golden Fleece suspended from his collar.
It is thought that this painting was amongst five copies of portraits (the others depicting Nelson, Wellington, Fox, Pitt and Burke), which were commissioned by (William) Lockett Agnew (1858-1918) and presented by Agnew to Prime Minister Herbert Asquith for display at 10 Downing Street in 1910.
William A. Menzies worked as a copyist, making numerous accurate reproductions of works by other artists. In total there are six copies by Menzies in the Government Art Collection, all of which were painted between 1910 and 1918.
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