Wellington loathed the hero-worship to which he was subjected after Waterloo, but ample rewards and memorials were awarded by a grateful nation – with justice, for arguably he was Britain’s greatest general, and more than anyone else was responsible for terminating Napoleonic tyranny. Opinion concerning his political career remains divided, but there is no doubt he possessed integrity and good sense. He was not deficient in the sensibility department either.
Both history and art history, this day studies Wellington’s achievements, his personality and his life and times. It is led by Josephine Oxley, curator of Apsley House, the London home of the first Duke and his successors to the present. With its spectacular art collection, it remains the finest private house in the city and the day ends with a special out-of-hours visit here.
Nearby are two memorial statues and the Wellington Arch, location of an English Heritage exhibition on Waterloo. The National Gallery, Guards Museum and Household Cavalry Museum are also visited during the course of the day and further illuminate Wellington’s life.
Josephine OxleyJosephine Oxley has been the Keeper of the Wellington Collection for nine years. Previously she worked for the National Trust and Historic Scotland. She has worked with a variety of collections from costume to furniture and paintings with a specialism in tapestry. Her main interest is the Napoleonic period both history and art, and of course the Duke of Wellington. She is an experienced guide and public speaker.
10.50am, National Gallery.
c. 5.00pm, Apsley House, Hyde Park Corner.
Although one journey is made by taxi, the rest of the day is on foot, both walking and standing.
£225. This includes all admission charges and special arrangements, afternoon refreshments, lunch and one journey by taxi.
Maximum 18 participants.
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The day covered a lot and the private tour of Apsley House was a real treat.
The lecturer was first-class. She had effortless knowledge and an engaging manner.