The Duke of Wellington by Robert Garrard II
The Duke of Wellington by Robert Garrard II The Duke of Wellington by Robert Garrard II The Duke of Wellington by Robert Garrard II The Duke of Wellington by Robert Garrard II The Duke of Wellington by Robert Garrard II The Duke of Wellington by Robert Garrard II
The Duke of Wellington by Robert Garrard II

The Duke of Wellington by Robert Garrard II

  • This exceptionally rare Victorian sculpture captures the famed Duke of Wellington
  • Crafted from silver, the stately piece was made by the famed silversmith Robert Garrard II
  • Garrard was the most important silversmith and jeweler of his era, earning the post of Crown Jeweler
  • This equestrian sculpture is among the very few examples that Garrard ever executed in silver
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Item No. 30-9683
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This extremely rare Victorian silver sculpture by Robert Garrard II captures the stately figure of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Impressive in both subject and workmanship, the sculpture was produced from a model by Edmund Cotterill, a chief designer for the famed Crown Jewelers R & S Garrard. While a number of bronze casts of this model were produced and retailed by Garrard, this is one of just a handful of silver versions that were ever made. One other example was owned by the Duke of Wellington himself, and it was prominently displayed on a sideboard in his London residence, Apsley House.

One of Britain’s greatest heroes, Wellington is best remembered for his victory against Napoléon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The legendary military figure is depicted here in uniform, astride his horse Copenhagen, holding the reins in one hand and a telescope in the other. It is exemplary of Cotterill's work for Garrard - the designer was particularly renowned for his equine sculpture. He achieved an impressive degree of popularity and is partially responsible for the reputation that Garrard sculptures achieved during the early 19th century.

The son of Robert Garrard Senior, Goldsmith and Jeweler to His Majesty George III, Robert Garrard II, and his brothers, James and Sebastian succeeded their father in running the company, trading as R., J., & S. Garrard (or Robert Garrard & Brothers) until James’ retirement in 1835, when the company became R & S Garrard. In 1843, the firm was appointed to the position of Crown Jewelers by Queen Victoria, an honor which led to the production of numerous pieces of silverware and jewelry for the Royal Family, as well as the upkeep of the Crown Jewels. A superb example of Victorian silver, this equestrian sculpture beautifully demonstrates Garrard’s skill and artistry.

Stamped "Published as the Act Directs by R&S Garrard Panton St London 18th June 1837"
Hallmarked London, 1839

16" wide x 8 1/2" deep x 25" high
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Maker: Garrard, Robert
Period: 19th Century
Origin:England
Depth:8.5 Inches
Width:16.0 Inches
Height:25.0 Inches
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