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The Duke of Wellington

Wellington by George Hayter (1839)Wellington by George Hayter (1839)

This exhibition, produced by Archives and Corporate Records Services, explores the life of one of the most extraordinary military commanders in British history: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852).

It describes his military career in the Army with action against France leading to the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo in 1815.

Following this, it examines his achievements in civilian life, including his political career as a parlimentarian with two years as Prime Minister.

Among Wellington's political achievements, not least was his prominent role in helping to found King's College London between 1828 and 1829 including chairing the inaugural meeting of King's College on 21 June 1828 and the duel he fought with the Earl of Winchelsea on 21 March 1829 in Battersea Fields.

Finally, there is a look at his legacy as a nineteenth century statesmen.

Accompanying the text, this exhibition features portraits, illustrations and photographs, many drawn from the collections of King's College Archives.

PLEASE NOTE: This exhibition was created for the web and is only available to view online.

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