Miniature print of Duke of Wellington (1852)

Image on paper, mounted in dark wood frame, no glass.

Mislabeled on back: “Commodore of US Navy Commodore Perry 1794-1858

In reality, it is George Baxter’s chromolithographic print ‘The Duke Of Wellington’, sized to fit this frame. A half-length portrait of the, "Iron Duke," who died on September 14th, 1852.  He is shown in uniform and wearing the ribbon and star of the Garter, and other decorations.  This print is normally known as "Wellington without arm” as the plate was either amended or had broken and was superseded with another version showing Wellington with an arm.

Image: 2 ½”  X 3 1/8” (inside oval size)

Frame: 4 5/8” X 5 3/8”

Slight image loss where paper makes contact  with oval. 

 

George Baxter (1804–1867) was an English artist and printer based in London. He is credited with the invention of commercially viable colour printing.

Though colour printing had been developed in China centuries before, it was not commercially viable. However, in early years of the 19th century the process of colour printing had been revived by George Savage, a Yorkshireman in London. It was to be Savage's methods upon which Baxter, already an accomplished artist and engraver, was to improve. In 1828, Baxter began experimenting with colour printing by means of woodblocks.

Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS (1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852), was an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman, and one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain. His defeat of Napoléon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 put him in the top rank of Britain's military heroes. In 2002, he was number 14 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

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