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

  • About the work

    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 a copy of a painting by Henry Perronet Briggs. Other versions of the work, by Briggs himself, are in the collection of the Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

  • About the artist
    Henry Perronet Briggs was born in Walworth, south-east London. His father held a senior position in the Post Office. He was 14 when two of his drawings were published in ‘The Gentleman’s Magazine’. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1811 and in 1813 moved to Cambridge, where he painted portraits of scholars. In the following year, he returned to London. Briggs exhibited 19 historical and Shakespearean subjects at the British Institution (1819-30) and was elected a Royal Academician in 1832; from then concentrating on portraiture. In 1838 he was in first place in the ‘Fraser’s Magazine’ list of ‘Best Victorian Painters’. However, Briggs and his wife, Elizabeth, became infected with tuberculosis; Elizabeth dying in 1839, Briggs in 1844.
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  • Details
    Title
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) Field-Marshal & Prime Minister
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 112.00 cm, width: 87.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Leggatt Bros, July 1951
    Provenance
    With Leggatt Bros., London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in July 1951
    GAC number
    1324