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Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

First Duke of Wellington

Arms of Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

He was born Arthur Wesley on April 30 or May 1, 1769 in Duncan-Castle, County of Meath, Ireland - or in Dublin.

This Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman fought as Field Marshal of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. With the help from Prussian Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, he defeated Napoleon at Waterloo on June 18, 1815 and became a hero in England.

He later served his country as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1828 to 1830, and during three weeks in 1834.

The Duke of Wellington died on September 14, 1852 in Walmer, County of Kent, England.

He was buried  in the crypt of St. Paul's Cathedral  in London, near Horatio Nelson.

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Main portrait

"Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington" by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Fuendetodos 1746 - Bordeaux 1828).

Other portraits

Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)
"Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington" by Sir Thomas Lawrence (Bristol 1769 - London 1830).
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)
"Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington" by John Richard Wildman (1785-1839).
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)
"The Duke of Wellington in his old days". Daguerreotype by Antoine Claudet (Lyon 1797 - London 1867).
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