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National Portrait Gallery

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 07:45

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions opens 12 March 2015!

The first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, this exhibition will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815).

The Duke of Wellington’s long life (1769 –1852) spanned the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Most famous for his military career which culminated with victory over Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo, Wellington later entered politics, serving twice as Prime Minister. The exhibition will explore these aspects of his character as well as his personal life, and illustrate the role of visual culture in creating the hero and the importance of the portrait in Wellington’s own public and private self-representation.

Located in our intimate Porter Gallery, this exhibition will be a fantastic talking point for any event. Give your guests the opportunity to privately view this one of a kind exhibition, accompanied by an elegant reception in our contrasting contemporary Lerner Galleries, or a beautiful dinner in our grand Victorian Galleries. To host a Private View of this exhibition contact for further information.

Image credit:  Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington by sir Thomas Lawrence, 1829 © Timothy Clode Collection

Victorian Galleries © National Portrait Gallery, London