Funeral Procession of Arthur Duke of Wellington, The

One of the Longest Hand Colored Aquatint Panorama's Ever Produced
Memorializing the Death of "The Iron Duke" - "The Conqueror of the World's Conqueror"

[PANORAMA]. ALKEN, Henry, illlustrator. SALA, George Augustus. The Funeral Procession of Arthur Duke of Wellington. London: Ackermann & Co., 1 March 1853.

Continuous hand-colored aquatint panorama, showing the participants of the procession, printed on twenty-nine folded sheets comprising fifty-six panels, plus an additional flap depicting the upper portion of the funeral car, as issued. Publisher's advertisement on rear paste-down.

Oblong quarto (5 3/8 x 14 1/4 inches; 137 x 361 mm.). Approximately 826 inches (just under sixty-nine feet) when fully extended.

Publisher's red cloth folder, covers stamped in blind, front cover decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Expertly rebacked to style, pale yellow paste-downs. Housed in a later red cloth, fleece-lined box with a red morocco label lettered in gilt on spine. An excellent example of this extraordinarily long panorama.

At over sixty-eight feet in length this must be one of the largest panorama's ever produced. It is certainly the longest one listed by Abbey, some ten feet longer than the one produced for Queen Victoria's coronation.

Wellington died on September 14th, 1852 at the age of eighty-three after a series of epileptic seizures and a stroke. His state funeral took place on November 18th, 1852. He was one of the very few British subjects to be given such an honor, and it was also the last heraldic state funeral to be held in Great Britain. An estimated one million people attended, lining the streets from Apsley House, through Trafalgar Square and on to St. Paul's Cathedral.

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) was the Irish-born commander of the British army during the Napoleonic Wars and later Prime Minister of Great Britain (1828-1830). He rose to rominence in India, won successes in the Peninsular War in Spain (1808-1814) and shared in the victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 after which he became known as "The conqueror of the world's conqueror".

George Augustus Henry Sala (1828-1895) was an English journalist. At an early date he tried his hand at writing, and in 1851 attracted the attention of Charles Dickens, who published articles and stories by him in Household Words and subsequently in All the Year Round, and in 1856 sent him to Russia as a special correspondent. In 1860, over his own initials "G.A.S.," he began writing "Echoes of the Week" for the Illustrated London News, and continued to do so till 1886, when they were continued in a syndicate of weekly newspapers almost to his death. William Makepeace Thackeray, when editor of the Cornhill, published articles by him on Hogarth in 1860, which were issued in column form in 1866; and in the former year he was given the editorship of Temple Bar, which he held till 1863.

Abbey, Life in England, 597. Item #03240

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