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Filename: N070530.jpg

Size: 5000 x 3520 (15.2MB)

Date: 26th August 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Glass - His Last Return for Duty N070530

APSLEY HOUSE, London. " His Last Return for Duty" 1853 by James W GLASS (1825-57). Wellington riding from Horse Guards. WM 1562-1948. The Duke of Wellington rides away from his office for the last time as Commander in Chief

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Horse Military Painting Victorian Wellington


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> Fame > Duke of Wellington

> Fine Art > Apsley House paintings

> Heritage > English Stately Homes > Apsley House > Portraits at Apsley House

> Waterloo 200 > After the Battle - Apsley House

> Waterloo 200 > Portraits of Wellington

> The way we were > Victoriana


His Last Return for Duty

EDITORS COMMENTS
is a captivating painting by the talented Victorian artist, James W. Glass (1825-1857), showcased at Apsley House in London. This masterpiece, with the catalog number WM 1562-1948, depicts a significant moment in British military history - the Duke of Wellington's final departure from Horse Guards as Commander-in-Chief. The Duke of Wellington, a renowned military leader and a central figure in the Napoleonic Wars, is depicted in the painting as he rides away from his office for the last time. His expression is resolute, reflecting the gravity of the moment, while his uniform, adorned with numerous medals and decorations, symbolizes his illustrious military career. The painting captures the Duke's horse, a fine animal with a regal bearing, striding forward with determination, mirroring the Duke's unwavering spirit. The backdrop of Horse Guards, with its grand architecture and the presence of soldiers, adds to the sense of occasion and importance. The painting, created in 1853, is a poignant reminder of the Duke's military legacy and his enduring impact on British history. Glass's expert use of light, color, and detail brings the scene to life, allowing viewers to imagine themselves witnessing this historic moment. "His Last Return for Duty" is a must-see for anyone with an interest in military history, Victorian art, or the Duke of Wellington himself. The painting's presence at Apsley House, the Duke's former residence, adds to its historical significance and makes for an unforgettable experience for visitors.

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