Year of creation:1846
- Rider(s):Wellington, Duke of
Arthur Wellesley, (1769-1852) 1st Duke of Wellington, was an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman, and one of the leading military and political figures of the 19th century. He is often simply referred to as ‘The Duke of Wellington’. He rose to prominence as a general during the peninsular campaign of the Napoleonic Wars, and was promoted to the rank of Field Marshal after leading the allied forces to victory against the French at the Battle of Vitoria in 1813. With 44, he was the youngest officer ever to earn this rank. In 1815, he commanded the allied army, which defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. He was twice Prime Minister and continued as one of the leading figures in the House of Lords until his retirement. He remained Commander-in-Chief of the British Army until his death in 1852.
- Sculptor(s):Cotes Wyatt, Matthew
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