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Duke of Wellington at Walmer Castle, Kent

Duke of Wellington at Walmer Castle, Kent


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Duke of Wellington at Walmer Castle, Kent

The Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) in his library, study and sleeping apartment at Walmer Castle, Deal, Kent, where he died on 14 September 1852, aged 83.
circa 1850s

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1850s 1852 Apartment Arthur Comfort Deal Died Hero Sleeping Study Walmer Wellesley Wellington


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This evocative photograph captures the essence of the Duke of Wellington's final years at Walmer Castle in Kent, where he spent his retirement after a distinguished military and political career. The Duke, born Arthur Wellesley in 1769, is depicted in his library, study, and sleeping apartment, surrounded by the comforts and trappings of his home in Deal, Kent. The image, captured in the 1850s, shows the Duke seated in a comfortable chair, deep in thought, with a table laden with books and papers nearby. In the background, a bed is made up with crisp linens, suggesting that the Duke may have just retired for the night. The Duke of Wellington is renowned for his victories in the Peninsular War against Napoleon Bonaparte and his role as a statesman and politician. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice and was a leading figure in British politics for over 40 years. Walmer Castle was a fitting place for the Duke to spend his final years, as it had been granted to him by King George IV in 1825 as a reward for his military successes. The room's Victorian interior is adorned with ornate furnishings and decorative details, reflecting the opulence and elegance of the era. The Duke's personal belongings, including books, maps, and military memorabilia, are on display, offering a glimpse into his life and interests. The photograph captures a moment of quiet reflection, inviting us to imagine the thoughts and memories that may have been swirling through the Duke's mind as he sat in his beloved library, surrounded by the comforts of his home. The Duke of Wellington died at Walmer Castle on 14 September 1852, at the age of 83, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest military and political leaders in British history.

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