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Portrait of 1st Marquess of Anglesey and 2nd Earl of Uxbridge 1768 - 1854 1820c.

John Prescott Knight 

Portrait of 1st Marquess of Anglesey and 2nd Earl of Uxbridge 1768 - 1854, John Prescott Knight
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Oil on canvas
19th Century
36 x 28 inches 91.4 x 71.1 cm
 
Lord Anglesey is one of Britain's most famous cavalry commanders, who as Lord Uxbridge led a cavalry brigade at Waterloo. Memorably he suffered hit leg hit by a cannon shell, which led to the following exchange between him and the Duke of Wellington:

By God Sir, I've lost my leg.

By God! Sir, so you have!

Uxbridge was stoic in his taking the loss, and according to his ADC Thomas Wildman he remarked as his leg was amputated:

'I have had a pretty long run. I have been a beau these 47 years and it would not be fair to cut the young men out any longer.'
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