A 19th century, imposing portrait bust plaque of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ("The Iron Duke") 1769-1852, cast from heavy quality gilded bronze. The three-dimensional, beautifully detailed plaque is attached by means of a screw thread and nut to a contemporary, contrasting black backboard housed within an attractive 19th century gilt and ebonised frame (possibly original). The Duke is depicted in full dress uniform and cuts a striking, noble pose as befits a figure of such historical stature and importance. A decorative image for the Gentleman`s library or study. Circa 1825-55.