Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) Field-Marshal & Prime Minister

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Portugal
    City: Lisbon
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Francis Chantrey was born in Norton, near Sheffield. His father was a carpenter who owned a small farm. Initially apprenticed to a carver and gilder called Ramsey, Chantrey was later taught drawing by John Raphael Smith. He began his career painting portraits but turned to wood-carving, before trying clay modeling. In 1809 he exhibited a bust of ‘Satan’ at the Royal Academy, which led to commissions for further busts. He travelled to Paris in 1814 and Rome in 1819, where he visited the studios of Canova and Thorvaldsen. He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1818. In 1835 he was knighted. By the end of his life Chantrey had built a considerable fortune, most of which he left to the Royal Academy for purchasing work by British artists.
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    People
    Wellesley, Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    marble, bust (as object name), marble bust
  • Details
    Title
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) Field-Marshal & Prime Minister
    Date
    Medium
    Marble bust
    Dimensions
    height: 51.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased December 1937
    GAC number
    0/676