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National Portrait Gallery

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 07:30

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions now open!

The National Portrait Gallery has just opened its wonderful spring exhibition Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions, which is the first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, marking 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.

Displayed in our delightful Porter Gallery, the exhibition provides a fantastic topic of conversation for any event. Give your guests the opportunity to privately view this resonating exhibition, and let our expert art historians guide you through the life and influence of the Duke of Wellington. To host a Private View of this exhibition contact venuehire@npg.org.uk for further information.

 Image credits:  

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

Lerner Galleries © National Portrait Gallery, London