A soldier and statesman, Wellington's early victories were in India and the Spanish Peninsula. In 1815, he was hailed as the man who finally achieved the peace of nations when he led the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. He later entered Parliament, where he was a bastion of ultra-Tory values against the forces of liberal change. He was Prime Minister between 1828 and 1830 and again in 1834.This is a sketch for Salter's large picture The Waterloo Banquet at Apsley House (1836), commemorating the annual banquet that Wellington hosted for the officers who served under him at Waterloo. In 1839, Wellington described his irritation at constant sittings for portraits. 'I am convinced that there is no Man existing... who has sacrificed... the best hour of his day, to the Artists to the same degree that I have.'
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National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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