General and diplomat; one of the foremost participants in the Napoleonic War and its political aftermath. As a dashing cavalry officer Stewart acted as Wellington's Adjutant-General (1809–1812), distinguishing himself at the Douro, Talavera and Badajoz. As Ambassador to Vienna (1814–1823), he assisted his half-brother, Lord Castlereagh, and afterwards Wellington, in the peace negotiations. This magnificent military portrait of the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry by Thomas Lawrence shows the subject as a dashing cavalry officer. He served under Wellington during the Peninsular Wars (1809–1812) and under General Blücher in Prussia (1813–1814). Londonderry was known for his impetuous courage and he is depicted here with brilliance and swagger, wearing his Hussar uniform and the Peninsular Medal which he was awarded after the Battle of Talavera (1809). The painter and his subject were close friends and this portrait was thought to be Lawrence's best by the contemporary commentator Joseph Farrington. Its martial vitality anticipated the heroic air of the celebrated series of allied commanders Lawrence was to paint for the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor from 1814.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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