Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) Field Marshal & Prime Minister
Mezzotintpublished 8 October 1841
About the artist
Henry William Pickersgill was a sought-after British portrait painter. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1806 and exhibited at the Royal Academy from this year until 1872. Although known for his portraits, he also produced landscapes, scenes from the works of Shakespeare and Byron, and genre figure paintings. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1826 and in 1856 he assumed the role of librarian to the Royal Academy, a position he held until his death in 1875.