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Wellington after Waterloo: Hero, Icon…Politician

An illustrated lecture on the Duke of Wellington's post-Waterloo political career as seen in caricatures.

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In this illustrated talk, Dr Richard Gaunt reflects on the Duke's decision to put his reputation at risk by pursuing a political career which exposed him to the sometimes unflattering attention of caricaturists and satirical artists.

Dr Gaunt is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Nottingham. He has published widely on late 18th and early 19th century British political history, including studies of both the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel in caricature.

The lecture is being hosted by the House of Lords Works of Art Committee as part of Parliament's commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. It accompanies the exhibition ‘Waterloo, Wellington & Westminster', currently on show in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords.

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Image: Detail of Paul Pry (William Heath), ‘The man wot drives the Sovereign', 1829 (WOA 6967)

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