The Duke of Wellington by Goya
Who is the Duke of Wellington?
The man who beat Napoleon at Waterloo. Before that, he fought Napoleon’s army in Spain, where he sat not very patiently for Goya once in Madrid.
There are many pentimenti (corrections). Tradition has it that they were imposed upon Goya by the Duke himself. “You’ve made my eyes too small,” he apparently told the artist. He was used to giving orders, no doubt, and not at all awed by one of the world’s great painters.