Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Delftware tile - The Duke of Wellington
One of the many new 'Delft' tiles (actually paintings on panel and not ceramic!) I am creating for my Umbra Sumus (We Are But Shadows) solo show at the end of this month (April 27 - 29 inclusive) in Spitalfields.
This tile shows military hero and twice Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Irish-born and much-praised for this campaign against Napoleon Buonaparte. And for inventing the Welly.
At the Battle of Waterloo he is reputed to have urged his troops on with the line 'Up, Guards, and at 'em!'
There is a pub named after him on Toynbee Street in Spitalfields, just south of the Market.