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Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) 1814-15

Oil on canvas | 317.1 x 225.65 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 405147

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Lawrence's portrait heralds the Duke of Wellington as a national hero. Standing beneath a triumphal arch, he holds aloft the Sword of State, symbolising royal authority. His Field Marshal's baton, an emblem of his office, lies beside a letter signed George P.R. signifying the gratitude of the Crown. Behind him a procession leads to the thanksgiving service celebrating peace in Europe, held at St Paul’s Cathedral in July 1814.