COMMANDING SPLENDOUR | The Duke of Wellington & the Empire Style

2 Jul 2012 – 26 Oct 2012

Commanding Splendour considers objects created to commemorate The Duke of Wellington, and explores the theme of Empire Style as it emerged in England in the early 19th century.

As a result of his outstanding military career, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769 – 1852), was recorded in countless paintings, prints, publications and objects which reinforced, honoured, and sometimes satirized his status as a national hero. In his London residence, Apsley House, the Duke assembled a significant collection of paintings and decorative arts. These souvenirs and trophies, accumulated in the aftermath of conflict, include numerous examples of the Empire Style.

image: plaque manufacturer: unknown circa 1852

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