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

  • About the work

    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.

  • About the artist
    Priscilla Anne Fane, Countess of Westmorland was considered the favourite niece of the Duke of Wellington. In 1811 she married John Fane, Lord Burghersh, appointed minister in Florence in 1814. They spent 16 years in Italy, before returning to London in 1830. It is not known who taught Priscilla to paint, but her portraits, religious and figure subjects suggest serious aspirations as an artist. She exhibited at the Society of British Artists and British Institution. In 1841 Burghersh was appointed minister at Berlin and inherited the title Lord Westmorland. The Westmorlands remained in Berlin for nine years, before a transfer to Vienna in 1851. Four years later they retired to Apethorpe, Northamptonshire. Priscilla died in London, aged 85.
    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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  • Details
    Title
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) Field Marshal & Prime Minister
    Date
    published 18 June 1840
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Acquisition
    Presented by Captain Frank Spicer, May 1952
    GAC number
    1745