This scene shows the Duke of Wellington in a modest room, seated at a round table, covered by a cloth. He is writing with a quill, by the light of a small lamp suspended above him. His plumed helmet and sabre rest on a chest nearby and beside these are his telescope and a plan. To the left of Wellington, two other officers, one seated, the other standing, can be seen conversing near a bed in the room beyond.
The Waterloo Dispatch was the Duke of Wellington’s official account of the Battle of Waterloo, written on 19 June 1815, the day after the Battle. Wellington sent the dispatch to London on 19 June 1815. It arrived on 21 June 1815 and was published as a ‘London Gazette Extraordinary’ on 22 June.
‘Wellington Writing the Waterloo Dispatch’ was engraved for the ‘Illustrated London News’ in 1852, after a drawing by the Countess of Westmorland of September 1839.
Thomas Hodgetts was a London-based landscape painter and mezzotint engraver of portraits and landscapes. He exhibited ten works at the Royal Academy, two at the British Institution and eleven at the Society of Artists in Suffolk Street, London.
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