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Political cartoon of the Duke of Wellington K021676

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Filename: K021676.jpg

Size: 3341 x 5231 (21.3MB)

Date: 27th November 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

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Political cartoon of the Duke of Wellington K021676

WALMER CASTLE, Kent. " The Double Dealer". Political cartoon about the Duke of Wellington controlling patronage through army promotions, state appointments and church preferments

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Media ID 1873761

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This political cartoon, titled "The Double Dealer," offers a thought-provoking glimpse into the intricate web of power and influence surrounding the Duke of Wellington. Captured in this striking engraving from Historic England's Photo Library, we are transported to Walmer Castle in Kent, where the Duke's stronghold over patronage is brilliantly depicted. With meticulous detail and artistic finesse, this print unveils the Duke's mastery in manipulating army promotions, state appointments, and church preferments for his own gain. The composition cleverly portrays Wellington as a puppeteer pulling strings attached to various symbols representing these spheres of authority. It serves as a stark reminder that even those entrusted with noble responsibilities can succumb to corruption and self-interest. As we delve deeper into this visual narrative, it becomes evident that the artist skillfully captures both admiration and criticism towards the Duke. While some may view him as an astute strategist adept at consolidating power within his grasp, others perceive him as a cunning manipulator who exploits his position for personal advantage. Beyond its historical significance, this artwork prompts us to reflect on contemporary politics and how individuals continue to wield influence through similar means today. It reminds us that behind every decision lies complex networks of patronage that shape our society. Historic England's Photo Library has once again provided us with an invaluable window into our past through this remarkable print. As we gaze upon "The Double Dealer," let us contemplate not only the legacy of one man but also ponder how systems of control persist throughout time – reminding us all to remain vigilant guardians against abuses of power.

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