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'Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington' portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830). Apsley House, London. © English Heritage.
We've created this pocket square in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo. Featured is one of England’s greatest military leaders, Arthur Wellesley (1769–1852), 1st Duke of Wellington; painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence, the leading English portraitist of the 19th century.
The Duke of Wellington
Wellington fought bravely at the Battle of Waterloo and led an army of 73,000 allied troops (Anglo-German-Dutch) to defeat Napoleon on 18 June 1815. In the year that marks Waterloo’s Bicentenary, we can look back at Wellington’s success in the battle and consider it instrumental in ending the series of wars which had crippled Europe during the 18th and 19th century. Between the Battle of Waterloo and the Crimean War, Europe enjoyed half a century of peace due to Napoleon’s defeat. As well as his military success, Wellington also enjoyed political leadership culminating in his appointment as Prime Minister in 1828. See our blog post on the Iron Duke and his impact on British history here: Celebrating The Battle of Waterloo.
The rich colour tones in this pocket square produce a unique and decadent effect, combining traditional red and gold hues and offering a variety of display options. This regal square looks striking against navy and dark blue suits, and works particularly well for special occasions. For a distinguished look, this pocket square works well in the two point fold.
The painting can be found in The Wellington Collection at Apsley House in London. Apsley House is part of English Heritage, a registered charity that cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites in England.
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