Printed at 421 Oxford St.
Tinted lithograph with large margins, fine & very rare. Printed area 430 x 320mm (17 x 12½").
Portrait of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, in uniform with the 'Order of the Golden Fleece' at his collar. The Order, founded by Philip III, Duke of Burgundy in 1430 'to honor and exalt the noble order of knighthood', was later inherited by the Hapsburgs and split between the Spanish and Austrian branches. During the Peninsular War, when France was occupying Spain, the order was presented to Napoleon and his brother Joseph but these were revoked by King Ferdinand on the restoration of Bourbon rule in 1813. However the king confirmed the award made by the acting government of Spain to Wellington in 1812, with the approval of Pope Pius VII, making the Duke the first Protestant recipient.
[Ref: 35267] £260.00