Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) Field Marshal & Prime Minister
Mezzotintpublished 18 June 1840
About the work
Place: British Embassy, UK representation to the EU & UK delegation to NATO
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
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.
- Wellesley, Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington
- quill, writing, topography, male portrait, night, telescope, 19th century costume, Duke, Prime Minister, sword, soldier, field marshal, Napoleonic Wars, Battle of Waterloo, window, domestic interior, curtain, bed, stool, chair, table (as Subject)
- Materials & Techniques
Priscilla Anne (née Wellesley-Pole), Countess of Westmorland Fane (1793 - 1879)
- Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) Field Marshal & Prime Minister
- published 18 June 1840
- Presented by Captain Frank Spicer, May 1952
- GAC number