'She made his house so dull that nobody wd go to it.'
THE DUKE, who had been busy formulating plans for a police force when the Guards had seemed on the verge of mutiny the year before, could now devote more of his time to the decorations and furnishings of Apsley House and Stratfield Saye. He had brought furniture with him from Paris, pictures from Spain, objets d'art from Belgium. At picture galleries and auction rooms he had purchased several paintings of the Dutch school and other Old Masters. In the hall at Apsley House stood Canova's huge nude statue of Napoleon, which, rejected by Napoleon, had been stored in the Louvre until bought by the British Government for 66,000 francs and presented to the Duke by the Prince Regent. In the rooms above were numerous works of art given to the Duke as well as those bought by him and the treasures found in Joseph Bonaparte's carriage after the battle of Vitoria,* paintings, busts, trophies, decorations, plate and porcelain, snuff boxes and field marshal's batons from every major army in Europe. There were two diamond-mounted swords, one of them a present from the Tsar, the other from the inhabitants of Bengal after the battle of Assaye.† There were dessert services given by the Emperor of Austria and the Kings of France, Prussia and Saxony, as well as the Portuguese service of silver parcel-gilt in the Waterloo Gallery. In display cases on the ground floor were silver-gilt table ornaments given by the City of London, by the British army in India and by officers who had fought with the Duke at Waterloo. 1
These splendid possessions so prominently displayed heightened his____________________