Richard Cosway, portrait of Arthur Wellesley

Richard Cosway, portrait of Arthur Wellesley

Richard Cosway, RA (1742-1821)
Portrait of Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington
1808
Watercolour on ivory
Inscribed by the artist on the backing paper, in Latin, 'Richard Cosway R.A. and F.S.A. Principal Painter to his Serene Highness the Prince of Wales /Painted 1808'
Museum no. P.6-1941
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Given by Mrs Emma Joseph

Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852) was created 1st Duke of Wellington in 1814. This miniature was painted at the outset of the Peninsular War, in which Wellesley commanded the Allied forces against the French.