- Hardback (BB)
- 30 Oct 2014
- Unicorn Press
Wellington Portrayed is a new, extended and up- to-date version in colour of The Iconography of the 1st Duke of Wellington published in 1935: the bible for anyone wanting to know about a painting or sculpture of the 1st Duke. Since the 1930s, many new images have been found and a considerable amount of new information has come to light. Wellington was probably the most painted and sculpted individual in British History: The National Portrait Gallery alone holds 339 images of Wellington versus 84 for Nelson, 85 for Marlborough, 90 for Henry VIII and 125 for Elizabeth I. The book opens with an essay by David Cannadine on the historical background, and continues with a copiously-illustrated narrative of Wellington’s life by Charles Wellesley, Marquess of Douro, explaining the Duke’s attitude to sitting for his portrait, with notes on the painters, sculptors and caricaturists who captured the distinctive face and features which became so widely known. The book continues with a complete illustrated catalogue of the portraits of the 1st Duke of Wellington in the family collection and elsewhere including engravings.
Charles Wellesley, Marquess of Douro, heir to the 8th Duke of Wellington, has spent his whole life surrounded by images of Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington, at Apsley House in London and Stratfield Saye House in Hampshire. Lord Douro read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford and has been a member of the European Parliament and a Commissioner of English Heritage. He is Chairman of the Council of King’s College, London. Lord Douro is Chairman of Richemont Holdings UK, a director of Richemont in Switzerland and of Sanofi in France, Abengoa in Spain and of RIT Capital plc in London. David Cannadine is a British historian and commentator on British public life. He also serves as the general editor of the Penguin History of Europe series.