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Portrait of the Duke of Wellington
The Portrait of the Duke of Wellington is an oil-on-panel painting by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya. It depicts the British general Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, during his service in the Peninsular War. It was begun in August 1812, after his entry into Madrid, depicting him as an earl, in uniform and wearing the Peninsular Medal. Goya then modified it in 1814, adding the Order of the Golden Fleece and Military Gold Cross with three clasps (both of which Wellington had been awarded in the interim). In this portrait, probably painted from life, the duke's face is gaunt and exhausted from battle, contrasting with the bright crimson military uniform he wears. The painting now hangs in the National Gallery in London.Painting credit: Francisco Goya