Thursday, 15 July 2010

Adela Wellesley, Duchess of Wellington

Adela Wellesley, 1st Duchess of Wellington (1769–1852) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and stateswoman, and one of the leading military and political figures of the nineteenth century.


  1. Very clever.

    Love this. The Duke of Wellington has always been the image of Masculine power and authority. The Thomas Lawrence painting shows him to be haughty and arrogant. Just the sort of man who needs a transformation. How did you read my mind?

    I love the idea of him being stripped of his masculine identity: the beautiful red uniform, epaulettes, sash, medals and all the pomp and symbols of his commander role - and of course those famous lovely polished boots (LOVE his boots!) - and turned into a subservient and passive house ornament, forbidden to speak when politics and military matters are discussed.

    Then his wife takes all of his clothes, his title of Commander-in-Chief, his authority, medals and prestige, and of course his sword and horse (symbols of masculine power) and leaves him at home. It's best to keep him barefoot for a while to help break his spirit.

    LOVE the thought of him fighting to keep his clothes, but alas! It is not allowed.

    What about a picture of poor Artie transformed? (He won't be a Duke anymore in a matriarchy and Arthur is too dignified) And the original painting - just for amusement at the contrast?

    Sorry of the long comment - but I LOVE this....

  2. "A Man was plucking a live Goose, when the bird addressed him thus:

    "'Suppose that you were a goose; do you think that you would relish this sort of thing?'

    "''Suppose that I were,' said the Man; 'do you think that you would like to pluck me?'

    "'Indeed I should! ' was the natural, emphatic, but injudicious reply.

    "'Just so,' concluded her tormentor, pulling out another handful of feathers; 'that is the way that *I* feel about it.'"