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Baron Carlo Marochetti (1805-67)

The hands of the Duke of Wellington circa

RCIN 7879

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Marochetti appears to have modelled Wellington's hands in this distinctive crossed arrangement while the Duke was sitting for a portrait, and copies were created throughout the 19th century. Wellington remained a favourite at court until the end of his life, acting as godfather to Queen Victoria's third son, Prince Arthur, who was named after his patron.