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

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: France
    City: Paris
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Baron François Gérard was born and spent his early childhood in Rome as part of a diplomatic family. The family returned to Paris when he was twelve and in 1796, he joined the studio of Jacques-Louis David. He became known as a portraitist and is best remembered for his painting of Madame Recamier (1815), now in the Musée Carnavalet. Following the downfall of Napoleon (from whom he had received numerous commissions) Gérard was introduced to Louis XVIII in 1815, who appointed him the official royal painter. This position allowed the artist the opportunity to portray many notable European heads of state. In 1819, he was created a Baron and was also one of the first Knights of the Ordre Royale de la Légion D’honneur.
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    Wellesley, Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington
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    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) Field-Marshal & Prime Minister
    Date
    1814
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 245.00 cm, width: 160.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Appleby Bros, July 1953
    Provenance
    Collection of the artist; by descent to Baroness Gérard (the artist's wife); with Appleby Brothers, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in July 1953
    GAC number
    2180