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Leslie - Duke of Wellington looking at bust of Napoleon N070535

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Filename: N070535.jpg

Size: 4026 x 5000 (11.2MB)

Date: 4th February 2011

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

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Leslie - Duke of Wellington looking at bust of Napoleon N070535

APSLEY HOUSE, London. " The Duke of Wellington looking at bust of Napoleon" by Charles Robert LESLIE (1794-1859). WM 1569-1948

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Media ID 4513849

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative image captures the Duke of Wellington, one of the most renowned military figures in British history, as he contemplatively gazes at a bust of his arch-nemesis, Napoleon Bonaparte. The photograph, titled "The Duke of Wellington looking at bust of Napoleon," was painted by Charles Robert Leslie in 1842. The scene unfolds in Apsley House, the London residence of the Duke, which was decorated with an extensive collection of art and military memorabilia. The Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS (1769-1852), is famously known for his victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. This pivotal moment in history marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars and solidified Wellington's reputation as a brilliant military strategist and a national hero. In this painting, the Duke is depicted in a thoughtful and introspective mood as he examines the likeness of his former adversary. The bust of Napoleon, with its intricate details and lifelike features, serves as a reminder of the great military and political rivalry between the two men. The Duke's expression suggests a complex mix of emotions, including admiration, contempt, and perhaps even a sense of relief at having vanquished his formidable foe. The painting, now held in the Historic England Photo Library, offers a glimpse into the rich history of Apsley House and the enduring legacy of the Duke of Wellington. It stands as a testament to the complexities of war, leadership, and the human condition.

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