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Exhibitions

Wellington's PR machine

As this National Portrait Gallery show reveals, it took a while for portrait painters to get the public image of Wellington right

28 March 2015

9:00 AM

28 March 2015

9:00 AM

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics & Passions

National Portrait Gallery, until 7 June

The history of portraiture is festooned with images of sitters overwhelmed by dress, setting and the accoutrements of worldly success. Vanity, complacency and, frequently, insecurity have led men and women to commission or sit for likenesses in which an extra swag of braid, another row of pearls, flounce of silk or plume topples the finished image from celebration to indictment.

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