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Portrait of His Grace the Duke of Wellington, Painted by the Count d’Orsay, at Finlay’s Gallery, 49 Buchanan Street


Duke of Wellington, by Count d’Orsay, 1845.               Duke of Wellington, engraved by Charles Eden Wagstaff, after Count d’Orsay, 1846.


The advertisement reads: “JOHN FINLAY, CARVER, GILDER, AND PRINTSELLER, BEGS to announce that he has the honour of EXHIBITING for a Few Days, in his PICTURE GALLERY, the Splendid PORTRAIT OF HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON, Recently Painted by THE COUNT D’ORSAY.

“Notwithstanding the numerous Portraits which have appeared of His Grace the Duke of Wellington, there is not one that can be considered entirely satisfactory. The present Portrait has been recently executed by the Count D’Orsay, from Sittings granted by His Grace; and several Members of His Grace’s Family, and many of his personal acquaintances, have pronounced it to be not only excellent as a work of Art, but highly superior as a faithful and familiar Portrait to anything that has yet been executed of the Illustrious Duke.  Picture Gallery, 49, Buchanan Street.”

The notice reads: “The Fine Arts. – The usual attractiveness of Mr. Finlay’s Picture Gallery in Buchanan Street has been increased during the past week by the addition of an original and highly characteristic portrait of the Duke of Wellington, painted by the celebrated Count D’Orsay. The likeness, which is in profile, is perfect; and whether in attitude or expression nothing could be more strikingly characteristic of the venerable warrior and statesman. The painting is in the highest degree creditable to the Count’s attainments as an artist. An engraving from it by Wagstaff is in progress, and promises to be well worthy of the original.”



Paintings and drawings

Portrait of the Duke of Wellington, by Alfred, Count d’Orsay (1801-52).

Architecture and design

John Finlay’s Picture Gallery, 49 Buchanan Street, Glasgow.

Newspaper and magazine references

Advertisement and notice in The Glasgow Herald, Monday 28th of September 1846, page two.