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Filename: J920041.jpg

Size: 4810 x 3633 (21.7MB)

Date: 27th November 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

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Duke of Wellingtons bedroom J920041

WALMER CASTLE, Kent. Interior view. " Duke of Wellingtons Bedroom" by Thomas Shotter BOYS, 1852. This picture shows the Dukes small campaign bed where he slept when staying at his honorary residence as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative Victorian painting, titled "Duke of Wellington's Bedroom" (J920041), captures a glimpse into the private quarters of one of history's most renowned military figures. Painted by Thomas Shotter Boys in 1852, the image offers a peek into the Duke's small campaign bedchamber at Walmer Castle in Kent, where he resided as the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke (1769-1852), is best known for his pivotal role in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. This victory secured the peace of Europe and established Wellington as a national hero. In this intimate portrait, the Duke's bedroom is adorned with military memorabilia, a testament to his illustrious military career. The room's simple yet elegant decor reflects the understated grandeur of the time. The campaign bed, a portable military bed designed for travel, is the focal point of the painting. It is here that the Duke would have rested during his stays at Walmer Castle, providing a sense of comfort and familiarity amidst his honorary duties as Lord Warden. Thomas Shotter Boys, a prolific English painter, expertly captures the essence of the Duke's personal space, offering a rare glimpse into the life of a man who shaped the course of European history. This painting is not only a valuable historical record but also a poignant reminder of the connection between the private realm and the public figure of the Duke of Wellington.

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