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Eton, the 1st Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo

26 May – 14 October 2015

An exhibition exploring the Battle of Waterloo and its aftermath, and the life of the 1st Duke of Wellington, drawing together objects from the Eton Collections and on loan, principally from Stratfield Saye.

It seems very unlikely that Wellington ever uttered the saying ‘the Battle of Waterloo was won on the Playing Fields of Eton’, the remark being first recorded (though by him no mention of the Playing Fields, simply ‘the Battle of Waterloo was won here’) by the French author Montalambert some years after Wellington’s death.  Amongst other questions, the exhibition considers why the remark gained such currency, and explores Wellington’s relationship with the School, both whilst here as a student and in later life.



Portrait: Comte Alfred d’Orsay (1801 – 1852)
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
Oil on canvas

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Landscapes of Innocence & Experience by Simon Roberts - 2015 

Simon Roberts is a British photographic artist whose work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity and belonging. 

His large format photographs are taken with great technical precision, often from elevated positions. The distanced vantage point allows the relationship of individual bodies and groups to the landscape to be clearly observed and echoes the visual language of history painting. 

Paper Palaces:
The Topham Collection as a Source for British Neo-Classicism - 2013

This exhibition looked at a unique collection of drawings assembled by Richard Topham (1671 – 1730), and left to the school in his will. The collection includes work by artists such Pompeo Batoni, Giovanni Domenico Campiglia and William Kent. When viewed together the 40 albums of over 2,500 drawings reproduce on paper the ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, reliefs, frescoes and other remains that survived in early eighteenth-century Italy, many of which are lost or dispersed today. 

By the 1760s, the ancient patterns and imagery in the Topham drawings were being copied and used in fashionable decoration, becoming one of the most important sources for the movement we now call neo-classicism.  The exhibition follows the story of how these drawings came to be an inspiration for British architect Robert Adam (1728-1792) and his contemporaries for the design and decoration of town and country houses.  Most excitingly, the exhibition unites some of Topham’s drawings with copies and designs from the Adam Archive (on loan from the Sir John Soane Museum) to illustrate the direct impact Topham’s collection had on Adam’s decorative language.     

The exhibition was accompanied by a conference at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, in collaboration with the University of Buckingham and Eton College.

TLS, 5 July 2013
Fade to Grey
James Hall

The Verey Gallery, funded by David and Emma Verey, opened in 2011 as a space to exhibit the remarkable collection of art, manuscripts, rare books, silver, photography and antiquities built up over 500 years by Eton College.  It also enables the school to make links with the art world through temporary exhibitions curated by visiting curators and/or showing loaned art works.

The Verey Gallery is open to the students and staff of Eton College as well as the wider community, including local schools and the general public.

If you have any queries, or would like to visit the gallery please contact Charlotte Villiers, Exhibitions & Outreach Coordinator.

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The Verey Gallery – Eton College – Windsor – SL4 6DW