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Sir Francis Chantrey (1781-1841)

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) signed & dated 1828

RCIN 35422

Chantrey originally created a likeness of Wellington, the great military hero and victor at Waterloo, in 1820. George IV acquired this copy a few years later, to be displayed in a series of busts of friends, family, political allies and cronies that ran the entire length of the new 170 metre-long gallery at Windsor Castle, adjacent to the king’s own private apartments.

Commissioned in 1828